JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoEight years later, the University of Wisconsin-Madison men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan feels as though he never really left UW-Platteville.“The nice part is that (in) the 15 years there and then the years since, I’ve stayed in touch with all those people (at Platteville),” Ryan said at his press conference Monday. “It’s as if you’re still around; it’s as if you’re still down there in the community.“Platteville has never really left in my mind.”Usually one to chat about his hometown of Philadelphia, Ryan is now talking about Platteville because UWP will honor him Saturday by naming the court of Williams Fieldhouse “Bo Ryan Court.”Ryan’s head coaching career started at UW-Platteville, and he made the most of his first opportunity. With the Division III Pioneers, Ryan established himself as one of the top coaches in the country. Behind a stifling defense that set the all-time single-season Division III opponent’s scoring margin in 1996-97 (47.5 points per game), Ryan compiled 353 total wins and four national championships (1991, 1995, 1998 and 1999).And even now that Ryan has moved on to bigger and better things at UW-Madison, he remains concerned about UW-Platteville and the improvements he can make happen there.“The nicest part about the whole thing Saturday is going to be that there is going to be a lot of improvements at UW-Platteville as a result of all the fundraising efforts that they made around this court naming,” Ryan said. “It will be emotional, but what’s really neat is that something’s going to happen as a result in the future.”Despite being gone from the program for eight years, Ryan still can’t help but reminisce about the successes he had at UW-Platteville.After all, it was there that Ryan made coaching connections that are still intact today. UW assistant coach Greg Gard is a UWP alumnus and has been at Ryan’s side since 1993. Also, current UW-Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter played for Ryan at Platteville and later joined him on the sidelines as an assistant coach.And it was Jeter, the captain of UW-Platteville’s 1991 national championship team, who Ryan credits for helping him jump-start his successful career as a Pioneer. However, Ryan believes the best part about that team was simply the group of guys he was able to bring together.“Led by Robbie Jeter and his brother, Carlton … that group that won in ’91, that was senior dominated — guys who had come through a lot, guys who got to Platteville in a lot of different ways,” Ryan said. “I mean, you name it, we had a guy from about every walk of life at Platteville that you could have on that team.”There will be a reception before the ceremony that Ryan’s wife, Kelly, will speak at. Ryan himself doesn’t anticipate making a speech, although he did have a certain request.“The only people I ever spoke to during the games were the officials,” Ryan joked. “And I asked if I could have a conference with them, but that got nixed.”While Ryan will be honored by UW-Platteville Saturday, another personal honor for him will be that his current team will be making a pit stop to join him on the way to Iowa.“I was just talking to Tucker one day about what was going on, and Alando said that he’d like to be there,” Ryan said. “I was just going to go down separately, but we got practice at Iowa City so we have to get ready for a game on Sunday.“That’s a pretty good stopping-off place on the way to Iowa City.”Men’s hoops news and notesWith last weekend’s win at Illinois, Ryan has now led the Badgers to victories in every Big Ten arena. The only other current Big Ten head coach to achieve this is Michigan State’s Tom Izzo … Kammron Taylor became the 31st player in UW history to reach 1,000 points Saturday with 20 points against the Illini … Wisconsin has won 15 consecutive games — the longest active streak in the nation.
Beginning today, Trojan Grounds, USC’s only 24-hour food option, will be closed from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., an announcement that has drawn the ire of many students.Changes · Quinn Mason, a freshman majoring in cinema telivision critical studies, walks out of Trojan Grounds, USC’s 24-hour coffee shop and convenience store. USC Hospitality announced a reduction in hours Wednesday. – Mindy Curtis | Daily Trojan USC Hospitality began considering the change in the middle of last semester, according to Kris Klinger, director of USC Hospitality.Klinger also said Trojan Grounds, commonly known around campus as TroGro, has not always been a 24-hour establishment, but has switched back and forth in the last 10 years.He said he does not think the change in hours will have a major impact on students.“Based on the minimal, and some days non-consequential, traffic between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., we do not anticipate the change in hours having a significant affect on the students,” Klinger wrote in an email.Nevertheless, many students are disappointed.“It’s terrible that TroGro won’t be open 24 hours a day,” said Megan Tucker, a sophomore majoring in political science. “I won’t have any place to go to keep me going when I’m studying in Leavey at 2:30 in the morning.”Ryan Williams, a freshman majoring in broadcast and digital journalism, created an event on Facebook to protest the changes at TroGro.He is encouraging people to email Phillip Valdez, associate director of USC Hospitality, asking Hospitality to reconsider the decrease in hours.“I thought that doing a petition online would be easier, since it would just go straight to [USC Hospitality]. We just want to flood their inboxes with emails to tell them that we’re not happy with their decision,” Williams said.The Facebook event, titled “Keep TroGro Open 24/7!,” has reached more than 2,500 members in just one day, as of press time.“First I just invited my friends to the event. We all live in Birnkrant, so we use TroGro the most,” Williams said.“But clearly the student reaction has been overwhelming. Plenty of people are pulling all-nighters and need food to keep going,”Arunima Paul, a graduate student studying English, visual studies, said even though she isn’t on campus as much as the typical USC student, she still wishes TroGro would remain open 24 hours a day.“When I am on campus, I come here a lot and rely on my cup of coffee from TroGro,” Paul said.Employees at TroGro also expressed unhappiness about the recent hour changes.“It’s cutting back on the hours that I can work here, but there’s really nothing you can do about it. It’s pretty inconvenient for all of us,” said Edgar Santellana, a TroGro employee.Klinger, however, said USC Hospitality is open to feedback from students, who can send their comments to http://hospitality.usc.edu/Feedback.aspx.“We are a fluid organization and we are open to suggestions, ideas and solutions,” Klinger wrote. “Changes can and will be made after consideration, weighing the options and extensive input from all students, staff, faculty and constituents.”
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