He made the announcement after the team’s win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tuesday night, prompting a slew of reactions on social media, including one of the stars from last year’s team, Sam Dekker, and a tribute video from the official Wisconsin Basketball Twitter page.
Maryland won its only matchup against Wisconsin last season, 59-53 in College Park.
FILE – In this November 15, 2015, file photo, Wisconsin associate head coach Greg Gard, center, watches the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Siena in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin won 92-65.
In 14-plus seasons at Wisconsin, Ryan led the Badgers to two Final Fours, 14 NCAA tournament appearances and seven Big Ten titles. Wisconsin is now 7-5 on the season with losses to the likes of Marquette, Milwaukee, Oklahoma, Georgetown and Western Illinois.
Ryan finished his career with 747 career wins, 19 championships and a 172-68 record in Big Ten play. “Let him run with it. I’m excited for him”. Reporters came and went, but Bo Ryan’s summer announcement that he would be stepping back dominated most of the conversations in the conference room. Greg Gard, his longtime assistant, will take over for him as the interim.
Ryan’s coaching style didn’t reflect a pro game, but he taught the fundamentals: keeping your hands up, staying in front of your man, taking the good shot rather than the flashy shot. After the game, Ryan announced that he was stepping down immediately.
Ryan’s 14 Badgers teams posted a 364-130 overall record, including a combined 18-9 record against Iowa.
“I’ve never had more than a one-year contract in my entire career, so for me it’s never been about the pressure in that way, ” Gard, 45, said. Wisconsin doesn’t have a commitment in the Class of 2016, and recruiting as an interim coach can be tough. “I’ll see you down the road”. He is truly a Hall of Fame coach…. And though Alvarez declined Tuesday to commit to Gard longterm, it’s clear Gard will at least have an opportunity to prove himself worthy of becoming Wisconsin’s coach.
“We’ve got to remember he’s an old guy”, Hayes also said. “This time, I guess we’ll stretch it just a little bit longer”. “That takes a toll on your health”.
“Here’s what I told the players: I got six months with this group, because of the circumstances”, Ryan said. “I had to make sure they understood that they will always be my first priority and I will help them navigate this transition”.