Just two months after saying the upcoming season would be his last, Wisconsin head men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan is having second thoughts about retirement.
Speaking to Tim Froberg of the Post-Crescent, Ryan stated that he hadn’t shut the door on definitely leaving after the 2015-16 campaign.
The reason he said next year would be his last was his own way of telling recruits that, at 67 years old and turning 68 next season, he probably couldn’t guarantee recruits four years of playing under him specifically.
“Well, I needed to get a statement out there knowing I wasn’t able to tell recruits I could guarantee them four years and I wanted to be fair to our staff and Barry (Alvarez) and the athletic department,” said Ryan.
“Everybody kind of thinks they know when they’re ready to retire, or step aside. I’m not totally sure. Barry said I could change my mind at any time. I haven’t submitted any papers yet. I haven’t submitted anything. As I was telling someone earlier, some of the offers these people made tonight, they made some offers I can’t refuse. So I might stay for another four or five.
“I just wanted to get it out there that I’m not going to be able to do this forever. But who can say one year? Who can say that? I simply cut to the chase by saying I’ll do another year and we’ll see what happens in the next number of months.”
Though he is getting up there in years, Ryan still appears as sharp as a tack on the hardwood and more than capable of coaching the Badgers to another successful season or two, or even three.
Wisconsin has gone 357-125 (172-68 Big Ten) in fourteen seasons under his watch with three Big Ten titles, two trips to the Final Four, seven Sweet Sixteens and three Elite Eights. In the 2015 NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin was the team to finally beat seemingly unstoppable Kentucky, who entered the Final Four undefeated.
Ryan will have an uphill battle this coming season, what with team stars Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker having left college for the NBA, but he is still a strong enough coach that he will find a way to get the best out of his current roster and turn his team into a winner.
Whether he retires after this season or a few years down the road, there’s no denying that he’ll be leaving behind an excellent legacy in Madison.
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