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Dad of Badgers hoops coach Bo Ryan passes away

Jay Sorgi

Dad of Badgers hoops coach Bo Ryan passes away

CREATED Aug. 30, 2013

Much of Wisconsin Badgers nation is mourning Friday after the beloved father of Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan died Friday morning.

The Wisconsin Basketball Twitter account relayed much of how Ryan's dad taught him the game, and taught how to give to others through it.

Condolences came from around the basketball world.

Another description of Ryan's love from his dad came from 620WTMJ Badgers voice Matt Lepay on his blog about Ryan breaking the all-time wins record for the program on UWBadgers.com.

"(Ryan said) 'There is so much that goes into it that I'm so thankful for, from my family. And the fact that my...' Ryan needed three or four seconds to regain his composure before finishing the sentence. 'My parents are still with me and had a chance to watch a lot of these games, and a lot of those teams that we've had.'

"I still think of Ryan's first season, when the Badgers upset seventh-ranked Illinois, 72-66. Among those who came out on the floor was Bo's father, Butch, pumping his fist as he joined the team in celebrating a memorable victory. No doubt Butch and Louise are very proud."

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