MILWAUKEE -- Todd Mayo sat in his coach's office about to make one of the toughest phone calls of his life.
Instead of getting ready to head to the Carrier Classic with the rest of his team, Mayo had to tell his mother he was academically ineligible. After leaving the office that day, his head started spinning with questions. How was he going to make it without basketball?
Emotions boiled over when the sophomore guard turned the television on and watched his teammates warm up for a game on an aircraft carrier.
Mayo could have taken the easy way out and packed up and left Marquette. But then it hit him: He knew if he ever wanted to get back to his team, it was time to change his habits.
Every morning at 5 a.m., Mayo and a friend would venture to Hope Christian High School in Milwaukee where he began to put himself through the same boot camp workout that Marquette coach Buzz Williams runs at the beginning of each season. When class was done at 3 p.m., Mayo was back in the gym for ...