NCAA NOTEBOOK: Wisconsin
Shortly after Wisconsin’s victory over Coastal Carolina Friday night, there was a lot of discussion in the Badgers locker room about the definition of a stenographer.
Most of the media gathered simply gave each other odd looks believing it must be an inside joke.
That joke was revealed Saturday afternoon when Wisconsin took main stage for the player/coach press conferences at CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
In the first question to the players, Nigel Hayes was asked about strides he has made in many areas of the game. His answer was an interesting one.
“Before I answer that question, I would like to say a few words,’’ Hayes said. “Cattywampus, onomatopoeia and antidisestablishmentarianism.’’
And then in a room filled with laughter he calmed proceeded with his answer.
Moments later, Hayes asked the meaning of his initial response.
“Well, the wonderful young lady over there, I think her job title is a stenographer, yes, okay,’’ Hayes said. “And she does an amazing job of typing words. Sometimes if words are not in her dictionary, maybe if I say soliloquy right now, she may have to work a little bit harder to type that word, or quandary, zephyr, Xylophone, things like that, that make her job really interesting.’’
Later in the press conference, Hayes was asked another question about words.
“ I actually like words,’’ Hayes said. “It started from a younger age when my stepfather would tell me to read a lot of things, and I would read words and I would not know what it means, and then once I learned then I tried to read more words. Then it's just fun to know words, and you can say certain words that put people in a quandary, and they don't know what you're talking about. And it makes for more fun, I guess. I'm sorry for my usage of words. I didn't mean to make your job any more difficult.’’
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, when he came out for his press conference, was asked if knee that Hayes was planning to have fun at the stenographer’s expense on Saturday.
“I am well aware because I stayed here yesterday to find out how she does her job,’’ Ryan said. “And I always thought it was a regular keyboard, and obviously it's not, so I know they were given three words. Antidisestablishmentarianism is one of them, so she has to do that one again. I can't remember what the other two were because I'm not ready for that test that they gave my parents as they got into their 80s where the doctor would say, ‘All right, I'm going to mention three things: Ball, car, umpire.’ And then they would keep talking to my parents as I'm sitting in there at their retirement home.
“About 15 minutes later they would say, ‘Okay, what were the three things that I told you to remember in the beginning? How many of you can remember those three things?’ I can't remember all three; I just remembered one.’’
Traevon Jackson UPDATE
Here is Ryan’s response Saturday when asked if Jackson might play Sunday against Oregon.
“Not that I know of,’’ Ryan said. “You have to understand how it works nowadays. The coach is the last one to know. Seriously. There is absolutely nothing a coach can do with a player who was injured. The trainer and the medical staff, the doctors, if they come to me and say, he's ready, then he's ready. I haven't had anybody come to me yet and say that. I can't get him in the back room with a rubber hose and go, ‘Hey, Trae, you're playing. Come on.’’
CHANNEL SURFING WITH SHOWALTER
Back in the locker room Friday night following the Wisconsin victory, Zak Showalter was busy on the television trying to find a certain NCAA Tournament game.
He could find every one that was being played except one – No. 2 Gonzaga against No. 15 North Dakota State.
As he kept manually trying to press the buttons on the side of the television to find that game, he would find a different game and many of the media members would ask him to go back to the other game but he wasn’t deterred.
Finally, the game appeared and he took a step back and admired the fact that at the moment North Dakota State was only down six in the final 10 minutes of the game against the Zags.
A television reporter asked Showalter what was so much important about that particular game.
At which time, he was able to play the proud big brother card. His brother, Jake, is a freshman playing basketball at North Dakota State.