Tag: Bo Ryan

Associated Press

Coach K comments on Bo Ryan’s sudden decision to retire

4 Comments

Duke and Wisconsin battled for the national championship last season and it was apparent how much respect there was between Mike Krzyzewski and Bo Ryan.

While Ryan started to mention thoughts on retirement this summer, it still caught many in the college basketball world by surprise, including Coach K.

[RELATED: Did Bo Ryan quit on his team?]

Krzyzewski commented on Ryan’s retirement during his show, “Basketball and Beyond” on SiriusXM. You can read text of what he said below.

“It’s a surprise when it happened.  It’s not a surprise that it did happen because Bo had said that this would be his last year and then was kind of going back and forth well maybe it wouldn’t be.  But once you say it is going to be your last year, man, that means you’ve been thinking about it for at least a little bit.  From what I understand there are no health issues.  That’s the very first thing I think about when something happens during the year, but he did not say that.  He was very positive and very complimentary about his administration – Barry Alvarez, the athletic director, one of the really esteemed people in college sports, and his president, and the whole University of Wisconsin community, the good people that would understand that the time has come.”

The move also caused Coach K to reflect on Ryan’s career a bit, including the recent back-to-back Wisconsin Final Four teams.

“The time that he spent there he’s really built Wisconsin to be one of the nation’s best programs.  Going to these two straight Final Fours the last two seasons and winning over 70 games in those two years.  Really established Wisconsin, and it had never been established really.  They had some success but Bo was able to give them sustained success.  I want to congratulate him on a great, great career.  He was also a Division III national championship coach.  He’s a lifer and someone who has always given good stuff to the game.  We’re going to miss him.”

Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan announces retirement

5 Comments

During the offseason Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan announced that this would be his final season at the helm, only to go back on those comments shortly thereafter.

[RELATED: Bo didn’t quit on Wisconsin]

And after much uncertainty regarding Ryan’s future at Wisconsin, he announced following the team’s win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tuesday night that he will retire effective immediately.

Associate head coach Greg Gard, who has been an assistant on Ryan’s staffs at three different stops since 1993 (Wisconsin-Platteville, Milwaukee and Wisconsin), will be interim head coach until season’s end. This move gives Gard the opportunity to essentially interview for the full-time position on the job, working with a team led by guard Bronson Koenig and forward Nigel Hayes.

[PODCAST: What were Ryan’s motives?]

“After months of conversation with (Wisconsin athletic director) Barry Alvarez and his administrative staff, as well as my wife, Kelly, I have decided that now is the right time to step down from the head coaching position here at Wisconsin,” Ryan said.

“This was a decision months in the making. I brought this up to Barry back in April. He advised me to take some time to think it over and I appreciated that. But in recent weeks, I have come to the conclusion that now is the right time for me to retire and for Greg Gard to have the opportunity to coach the team for the remainder of the season. I discussed this with Barry and I appreciate him giving me the space to make this decision.”

During the press conference both Ryan and Alvarez stated that the end of the semester was viewed as a good time to make the transition, with Tuesday’s game being the Badgers’ last before finals. Wisconsin now has a week before their next game, December 23 against Green Bay, and they’ll open Big Ten play December 29 against a Purdue team that has proven to be one of the nation’s best to this point in the season.

Ryan leaves Madison as the program’s all-time wins leader with 364 victories, and that is just one of his many accomplishments while at the helm.

In 14-plus seasons at Wisconsin, Ryan led the Badgers to two Final Fours, 14 NCAA tournament appearances and seven Big Ten titles. During Ryan’s tenure the Badgers never finished worse than fourth in the Big Ten in any season. Given their early struggles this season, having lost three home games already, and the strength of the Big Ten that streak was viewed to be in jeopardy.

The timing of the move gives Gard the opportunity to run the program in hopes of doing enough to have the interim tag removed. But there’s a lot of work to be done, and not just with regards to this current team. Wisconsin doesn’t have a commitment in the Class of 2016, and recruiting as an interim coach can be tough. The good news here is that the Badgers don’t have a scholarship senior on the roster, with six of their scholarship players being freshmen.

This makes the 2017 class that much more important, with guard Kobe King being their lone commitment at this time. Will it be Gard filling those scholarships, or will it be another coach? A lot of that depends upon the next four months, with Gard having the opportunity to show Alvarez that he’s the man for the job.

NCAA ruling sidelines Wisconsin’s Van Vliet for 2015-16 season

Bo Ryan
Associated Press
Leave a comment

Tuesday evening it was announced by the Wisconsin basketball program that head coach Bo Ryan will have one less front court option to call upon this season.

The school’s appeal of an NCAA ruling that declared 6-foot-11 forward Andy Van Vliet ineligible for the 2015-16 season was denied by an NCAA appeals committee, meaning that the Belgian will not be allowed to play this season. Student-athletes have one year after graduation from high school (or expected graduation date) to enroll in college. According to the release, the fact that Van Vliet played amateur basketball within this window means that he not only loses a season of eligibility but has to sit as well.

Van Vliet didn’t get to play in Wisconsin’s exhibition game against Wisconsin-River Falls as a result of his eligibility situation but he did participate in their annual Red/White Scrimmage, accounting for eight points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Even with this disappointing news, the Badgers won’t lack for bodies in the front court as they look to account for the losses of Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker from last season’s front court rotation.

Nigel Hayes and Vitto Brown have been their most productive options through two games, with Ethan Happ, Khalil Iverson and Charlie Thomas averaging five rebounds per game apiece. Van Vliet’s presence would have given Wisconsin additional size in the post, especially with the 6-foot-9 Happ being the tallest member of their current rotation.