Dating an elusive man

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A running back and linebacker, Ryan practiced with the 1955 Wildcats, who went 0-8-1 under Lou Saban.

Freshmen were ineligible to play, though Ryan says that wasn't the issue."I knew I was a hot recruit when (Saban) looked me in the eye and said: 'Jim, we really want you to come to Northwestern,'" he recalls.

He chooses two from the Parseghian era — halfbacks Paul Flatley and Ron Burton — and three defenders from the 1995 team."Matt Rice, Casey Dailey," he says, "and Fitz. He stuffed (Tim) Biakabutuka twice on the goal line."That '95 season, especially the weeks leading to the Rose Bowl, was euphoria for every NU devotee but one."I didn't get to enjoy it as much," Ryan says, "because that's when Gary was flirting with UCLA. I knew Gary hadn't made up his mind, and there were people who believed he was gone. Ultimately he credits Ryan and trustee chair Howard Treinens for extending a deal worth 0,000 a year, still less than UCLA offered."They'd never kept a coach," Barnett says. Fitzgerald was making

A running back and linebacker, Ryan practiced with the 1955 Wildcats, who went 0-8-1 under Lou Saban.Freshmen were ineligible to play, though Ryan says that wasn't the issue."I knew I was a hot recruit when (Saban) looked me in the eye and said: 'Jim, we really want you to come to Northwestern,'" he recalls.He chooses two from the Parseghian era — halfbacks Paul Flatley and Ron Burton — and three defenders from the 1995 team."Matt Rice, Casey Dailey," he says, "and Fitz. He stuffed (Tim) Biakabutuka twice on the goal line."That '95 season, especially the weeks leading to the Rose Bowl, was euphoria for every NU devotee but one."I didn't get to enjoy it as much," Ryan says, "because that's when Gary was flirting with UCLA. I knew Gary hadn't made up his mind, and there were people who believed he was gone. Ultimately he credits Ryan and trustee chair Howard Treinens for extending a deal worth $500,000 a year, still less than UCLA offered."They'd never kept a coach," Barnett says. Fitzgerald was making $1.1 million and Northwestern had the Big Ten's worst football facilities, as rated by There were regulatory issues, and the Army Corps of Engineers (would be involved).Such a major point in history — OK, you get the success but you can't keep the coach? Ryan, Schapiro and Phillips were determined to squash that meeting. Face to face with the NU triumvirate for 90 minutes, Fitzgerald pitched a lakefront facility that would "integrate" the football team with the student body, creating a first-rate, on-campus training facility rather than the mediocre one a mile away."It was not an unreasonable request at all," Ryan says. The financial issues, we felt we could do."Meaning Ryan, who already had his name on NU's football stadium and basketball arena, would take the lead in a project that would cost $270 million.(Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune)"You look like a front-runner if you do it after the season," Ryan says."Think of all the torture we would have gone through with people speculating, 'Chris is gonna go … For everything they've done for athletics, they've done more for academics."And they're not done.

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A running back and linebacker, Ryan practiced with the 1955 Wildcats, who went 0-8-1 under Lou Saban.

Freshmen were ineligible to play, though Ryan says that wasn't the issue."I knew I was a hot recruit when (Saban) looked me in the eye and said: 'Jim, we really want you to come to Northwestern,'" he recalls.

He chooses two from the Parseghian era — halfbacks Paul Flatley and Ron Burton — and three defenders from the 1995 team."Matt Rice, Casey Dailey," he says, "and Fitz. He stuffed (Tim) Biakabutuka twice on the goal line."That '95 season, especially the weeks leading to the Rose Bowl, was euphoria for every NU devotee but one."I didn't get to enjoy it as much," Ryan says, "because that's when Gary was flirting with UCLA. I knew Gary hadn't made up his mind, and there were people who believed he was gone. Ultimately he credits Ryan and trustee chair Howard Treinens for extending a deal worth $500,000 a year, still less than UCLA offered."They'd never kept a coach," Barnett says. Fitzgerald was making $1.1 million and Northwestern had the Big Ten's worst football facilities, as rated by There were regulatory issues, and the Army Corps of Engineers (would be involved).

Such a major point in history — OK, you get the success but you can't keep the coach? Ryan, Schapiro and Phillips were determined to squash that meeting. Face to face with the NU triumvirate for 90 minutes, Fitzgerald pitched a lakefront facility that would "integrate" the football team with the student body, creating a first-rate, on-campus training facility rather than the mediocre one a mile away."It was not an unreasonable request at all," Ryan says. The financial issues, we felt we could do."Meaning Ryan, who already had his name on NU's football stadium and basketball arena, would take the lead in a project that would cost $270 million.

(Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune)"You look like a front-runner if you do it after the season," Ryan says.

"Think of all the torture we would have gone through with people speculating, 'Chris is gonna go … For everything they've done for athletics, they've done more for academics."And they're not done.

When a player breaks a personal record, he rings a bell in celebration.

.1 million and Northwestern had the Big Ten's worst football facilities, as rated by There were regulatory issues, and the Army Corps of Engineers (would be involved).

Such a major point in history — OK, you get the success but you can't keep the coach? Ryan, Schapiro and Phillips were determined to squash that meeting. Face to face with the NU triumvirate for 90 minutes, Fitzgerald pitched a lakefront facility that would "integrate" the football team with the student body, creating a first-rate, on-campus training facility rather than the mediocre one a mile away."It was not an unreasonable request at all," Ryan says. The financial issues, we felt we could do."Meaning Ryan, who already had his name on NU's football stadium and basketball arena, would take the lead in a project that would cost 0 million.

(Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune)"You look like a front-runner if you do it after the season," Ryan says.

"Think of all the torture we would have gone through with people speculating, 'Chris is gonna go … For everything they've done for athletics, they've done more for academics."And they're not done.

When a player breaks a personal record, he rings a bell in celebration.

Still ..."It was one of the best jobs I ever had," he says."Gary was so underpaid, I never resented that he went out and shopped. Beyond the goal of retaining NU's top coaches, Ryan says: "What drives me is that our student-athletes are not disadvantaged by any lack of support.There's no holding our heads in shame for what our facilities are."The new Welsh-Ryan Arena, he pledges, will be "user-friendly" — chair backs replacing bleachers, top-notch food options, new restrooms, air conditioning to be used especially during high school graduations and three elevators to help older fans and physically impaired ones such as Corbett.(Shirley Ryan co-founded Pathways.org, an online resource for parents and pediatric clinic for kids, and was appointed by Presidents George H. Bush and Bill Clinton to the National Council on Disability."It paid .20 an hour and a lot of overtime because they were always behind schedule.I could make ,000 in a summer, and Northwestern was 0 a quarter."The son of a Ford dealer, Ryan also cut lawns and shoveled driveways as a kid, saying: "I always wanted to earn my way."He actually got his first-year tuition paid by Northwestern.

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They support research and athletics, science and humanities. I should be sailing."Ryan loves boating on Lake Geneva and being outside in general.