Walter Byers, the former NCAA boss who grew up in Kansas City, died at his ranch in Kansas Tuesday. He was 93.
Byers attended Westport High School. Before he was the executive director of the NCAA, he had a brief career as a sportswriter.
When the NCAA was headquartered in Kansas City, Byers molded it into the big-time structure it is today. But when Byers retired, he turned his back on college athletics.
“When I quit after 41 years, sportwriting and the NCAA, I took it cold turkey,” said Byers in 1994. “I felt that’s the only way you get over the withdrawal pains.”