Bo Ryan announces he intends to coach one more year, then retire

Bo Ryan has three D-III titles and two Final Four trips to his name. (USATSI)

Monday’s major news in college hoops is simply this: Bo Ryan is likely entering his final season as Wisconsin’s coach.

Ryan released a statement that revealed he openly debated retiring this past spring, but after discussions with his athletic director, he took some time to think it over. He’s opting for one more season on the bench in Madison, and after that, his hope is that the program will do what Syracuse just formally announced: name a current assistant as its coach-in-waiting.

That coach would be Greg Gard, Ryan’s longtime assistant.

Ryan cemented his legend status within the program the past two seasons after guiding the Badgers to two Final Fours, including the national title game this past spring, when his team knocked off 38-0 Kentucky in the national semifinals. Ryan has never finished worse than fourth in the Big Ten since arriving at Wisconsin, and he’s taken the program to six Sweet 16s in the past 12 seasons.

Ryan will turn 68 in November.


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