Back in June, Bo Ryan made waves when he announced that he would be retiring after the 2015-16 season.
Two months later, and the Wisconsin head coach seems to be wavering.
“Everybody kind of thinks they know when they’re ready to retire, or step aside. I’m not totally sure,” Ryan told reporters at a charity golf event, according to the Post Crescent. “[Wisconsin athletic director] Barry [Alvarez] said I could change my mind at any time. I haven’t submitted any papers yet. I haven’t submitted anything.”
Ryan then explicitly told reporters that he’s leaving the door open to remain with the Badgers beyond just one more season.
“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?,” he said. “I was just trying to be up front and out in the open. But I wouldn’t be the first guy in the country that ever thought about retirement and then changed their mind. I’m not doing anything revolutionary here.”
He added that the initial reason he came out and made the statement that he’d only remain at Wisconsin for one more year was due to the fact that he wanted to make sure recruits understood why he couldn’t promise them four seasons as head coach. Maybe his message got skewed. Maybe he truly wanted to evaluate his status at the end of every season. Maybe this has actually hurt recruiting because the kids know he can’t promise them four years. Maybe he didn’t want to have every game turn into a farewell to him.
Whatever the cause is, Wisconsin fans can be happy today. It looks like they’ll have their Hall of Fame-caliber head coach around for longer than they expected.