DATELINE: MADISON, WISCONSIN - Following the first Wisconsin loss to UW-Milwaukee in 23 years, Wisconsin Badgers head men's basketball coach Bo Ryan is listed as "Day To Day" by the UW athletic department.
Ryan was a game time decision against the Panthers after appearing to struggle with his desire to remain as head coach of the Badgers earlier this week. Ryan had retired, effective immediately, on Monday, then un-retired, and then re-retired during the press conference to announce his retirement. However, Ryan had showed up for work on Tuesday as if nothing had happened the previous day.
Sources within the Wisconsin athletic department speaking on the condition of anonymity informed Anonymous Eagle after last night's game that Ryan was particularly wounded by UW-Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter saying that his team had played the way that Ryan had coached Jeter to play. Jeter played for Ryan at UW-Platteville, winning an NCAA Division 3 National Championship in Platteville's first season at the D3 level. Multiple sources close to the Wisconsin men's basketball program told AE that they were surprised that Ryan actually has feelings to be hurt by such a comment, as they know him to be the real life incarnation of The Grinch from the classic Dr. Seuss book.
It is unclear as to whether Ryan was bothered just by his protege Jeter saying that about the Panthers or that Ryan felt like the comment meant that he was no longer capable of coaching to his usually stringently methodical standards.
At this point, it seems questionable at best that Ryan will be the coach for Wisconsin against Marquette on Saturday afternoon. If he is unable to fulfill his duties as contractually required of him, associate coach Greg Gard will assume the mantle of head coach, at least for Saturday's contest.
In a completely related matter, UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez has taken the rest of the week off, citing a need for rest and relaxation.