Bo Ryan has done great things at Wisconsin and came incredibly close to winning a national championship last season, but now there are rumors all over social media and forums suggesting he is considering retirement. This wouldn’t be a major surprise considering how Ryan is 67, but Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post and Bleacher Report has more.
I don't believe that Bo Ryan is retiring, but I'm being told that an unnamed ACC coach created the rumor. May be negative recruiting ploy.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 29, 2015
That would certainly explain a lot of things, especially the fact that Wisconsin’s 2015 recruiting class doesn’t appear to be very strong. But it should also be noted that Ryan is a coach that tends to build players from the ground up. Just look at recently departed College Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky, who went from a benchwarmer as a freshman to a rotational guy his sophomore year to team leader his junior and senior seasons. Today, Kaminsky is in the NBA, having just been drafted ninth overall by the Charlotte Hornets. Thus, the recruiting numbers are fairly meaningless.
That all being said, it doesn’t look as though Ryan is going to be retiring any time soon. He is 357-125 (172-68 Big Ten) in fourteen seasons with the Badgers, and to step down after such an excellent season and not even try to get that far again at least a few more times just doesn’t seem like it is in his nature.
Just the same, Campus Sports will update this story if any further details become available.
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