COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s track and field team will welcome back former Buckeye football and track star Butler By’not’e Saturday as the Buckeyes take on Michigan in “The Dual” at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
But instead of cheering on his alma mater from the stands, By’not’e will be up in the booth as a color analyst for the Big Ten Network (the meet will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9). By’not’e will be alongside Brent Stover who will provide the play-by-play.
By’not’e was a three-year All-American performer in track for the Buckeyes from 1992-94. A three-time All-Big Ten choice, he was a member of the three-time Big Ten champion 4×100 meter relay team that still holds the Ohio State outdoor record of 38.93. He also was an NCAA indoor All-American in the 55-meter dash in 1992 and in the 200-meter dash in 1994. He claimed three outdoor All-America honors in the 4×100 from 1992-94 and also holds the second-best Ohio State time in the indoor 55-meter hurdles (hand-timed) at 7.3 second in 1992.
On the gridiron, By’not’e was a four-year letterwinner from 1990-93. He played in four bowl games for the Buckeyes: the 1990 Liberty Bowl, the 1992 Hall of Fame Bowl, the 1993 Citrus Bowl and the 1993 Holiday Bowl after helping the Buckeyes to a 10-1-1 record and a share of the Big Ten title that season. He rushed for a career-high 189 yards and a score in a 38-14 win over Arizona in Columbus in 1991.
“The Dual” is a renewed rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan’s track and field programs that will see the two schools square off over the next three years in a series of indoor and outdoor dual meets three years of the indoor meets in Ann Arbor and three years of outdoor dual meets in Columbus. The Buckeyes fell, 90-71, to Michigan at the indoor dual in January, but placed higher than the Wolverines at the 2008 Big Ten Indoor Championships.
Field events begin at 11 a.m. with running events beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.