Wisconsin removing interim tag, will make Greg Gard its full-time coach

Greg Gard was 13-6 as Wisconsin's interim coach after Bo Ryan retired. (USATSI)
Greg Gard was 13-6 as Wisconsin’s interim coach after Bo Ryan retired. (USATSI)

Wisconsin has tentatively scheduled a press conference for Tuesday to announce that it is removing the interim tag from Greg Gard, who will then become the Badgers’ full-time men’s basketball coach, a source confirmed to CBS Sports on Monday. Gard’s contract is expected to be approved by the UW Board of Regents on Monday night, according to the Wisconsin State Journal, which reported the development earlier.

Gard, 45, was an assistant under Bo Ryan for parts of 23 seasons before he was promoted when Ryan abruptly retired in December, after a victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Badgers were 7-5 at the time with losses to Western Illinois and Milwaukee, and they lost four of the six subsequent games to drop to 9-9. But Gard is 11-2 — with wins over Michigan State, Indiana, Maryland, Iowa and Michigan — since a loss at Northwestern, and his Badgers are currently 26th in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one).

Wisconsin is 25th in the new coaches poll and safely in the Field of 68.

The Badgers’ next game is Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament.

They’ll play either Nebraska or Rutgers.

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