The famed coach is calling it quits
The winningest coach in Wisconsin basketball history is calling it quits shortly after Wisconsin’s win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a 64-49 rout. But here is the kicker, his retirement takes affect immediately.
In a statement after the game to ESPN, Ryan stated:
“After months of conversation with Barry Alvarez and his administrative staff, as well as my wife, Kelly, I have decided that now is the right time to step down from the head coaching position here at Wisconsin,” Ryan said in a statement released after the game.
“This was a decision months in the making,” Ryan said. “I brought this up to Barry back in April. He advised me to take some time to think it over, and I appreciated that. But in recent weeks, I have come to the conclusion that now is the right time for me to retire and for Greg Gard to have the opportunity to coach the team for the remainder of the season. I discussed this with Barry, and I appreciate him giving me the space to make this decision.”
This is a big turnaround considering that Bo took his team to the final NCAA tournament game just last season. With his departure, it forces assistant coach Greg Gard to take over the team. Gard has sat next to Bo for over 15 years so for the meantime the Badgers could be in good hands.