Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan on retirement: 'I'm not totally sure'
Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said on Wednesday that he isn't sure this season will be his last with the Badgers.
Ryan announced in June that he would retire following the 2015-16 season and lobbied for associate head coach Greg Gard to be named his replacement.
Ryan, 67, said he wanted to make a statement about retirement in being fair to possible recruits, athletic director Barry Alvarez and the athletic department.
“Everybody kind of thinks they know when they're ready to retire, or step aside. I’m not totally sure,” Ryan told the Appleton Post-Crescent at the U.S. Venture Open charity golf event. "Barry said I could change my mind at any time. I haven’t submitted any papers yet. I haven’t submitted anything. As I was telling someone earlier, some of the offers these people made tonight, they made some offers I can’t refuse. So I might stay for another four or five.”
Wisconsin has made the Final Four each of the past two seasons and lost to Duke, 68-63, in the 2015 national championship game.
Ryan’s contract keeps him at the school through the 2019-'20 season.
“Well, I'm not sure (about coaching one final season)," Ryan said. "I’m like a lot of other people who when they get to this stage in their career, who knows when the right time is? I was just trying to be up front and out in the open."
In 14 seasons at the school, Ryan has a 357–125 record and has taken his team to the NCAA tournament in every season. The Badgers have also won four Big Ten regular-season championships and three Big Ten tournament championships during his tenure.
- Scooby Axson