In a post-game interview with CBS, when asked what he thought of the game's officiating in the second half, Ryan said, "It’s just a shame that it had to be played that way."
"I just feel sorry for my guys that all of a sudden it was like that," he continued.
Here are more of Ryan's postgame comments, via ASAP Sports:
Q. You have gone all year without fouling. Were you surprised or particularly upset with the officiating that you got called so much?
COACH RYAN: You can't say anything about the officiating. C'mon. Are you trying to set me up? So you want to reword that or... What are you saying?
Q. Just asking the question.
COACH RYAN: I don't know what the question was.
Q. Did you take issue with the officiating?
COACH RYAN: Have you ever watched me during a game? I don't think this was any different. No, we have these things that we practice, okay? We practice in our practices where if an offensive player jumps into you, we always call it on the offensive player. It's just what we do. So there were some situations where obviously our guys felt they were in position. I'm sure they felt they were in the rights. Both teams are always going to feel that there's a question or two. So it's just the way the game's played. But I've been with these guys a long time, and I've watched a lot of basketball. Sometimes games are played differently, and you have to go with the flow.
Q. Frank said it's just going to be hard to say good-bye. Can you talk about, is it going to be hard for you to say good-bye to this class of seniors?
COACH RYAN: Oh, without a doubt. All the seniors that I've had -- hard to say the word. But every player that's played through the program, okay, we don't do a rent-a-player. You know what I mean? Try to take a fifth-year guy. That's okay. If other people do that, that's okay. I like trying to build from within. It's just the way I am. And to see these guys grow over the years and to be here last year and lose a tough game, boom, they came back. They said what they wanted to do, they put themselves into that position, and they won't forget this for a long time. I told them that's life. Wait till you get a job. Wait till you start the next 60 or 70 years of your life. It's not always going to work out the way you would like it to. But you measure a person by what it takes to discourage them.
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