Bo Ryan Retires: Twitter Reacts to Wisconsin Head Coach's Announcement

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2015

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Milwaukee Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
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Wisconsin Badgers basketball coach Bo Ryan turned his program into one of the most consistent winners in the nation since taking over before the 2001-02 season, but he announced his retirement following his team's victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday, per ESPN.com.

Assistant coach Greg Gard will take over in the interim role.

Ryan counts 364 victories on his Wisconsin resume, which makes him the winningest coach in program history. His Badgers teams have never missed the NCAA tournament. Last year's squad upset an undefeated Kentucky team in the Final Four before losing a heartbreaker to Duke in the national title game.

Naturally, the Twitter world reacted to the news. 

The Wisconsin Badgers passed along some memories:

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ESPN Stats & Info highlighted just how effective Ryan has been on the sidelines throughout his career:

Katie Sharp of SB Nation pointed to Ryan's impact at Wisconsin:

Dave Revsine of Big Ten Network reiterated Ryan's importance for the Badgers:

ESPN commentator Fran Fraschilla weighed in:

Forward Nigel Hayes is arguably Wisconsin's best player this season and was a critical component of last year's team that reached the title game. He discussed Ryan's decision after Tuesday's victory, per Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal:

Hayes also brought some humor to the situation, per Wisconsin basketball:

Some of Ryan's former players commented on his retirement news as well, including Sam Dekker and Devin Harris:

Adam Hoge of WGN Radio rued the missed opportunity for a storyline ending:

Attention now turns to what happens next for the Badgers. Along those lines, Polzin shared an interaction between Ryan and athletic director Barry Alvarez:

While Gard will have that opportunity as the interim coach, there will be other candidates, as journalist Kevin Trahan offered:

Hoge also commented on the impending coaching decision:

Jeff Borzello of ESPN pointed to one serious problem for the Badgers:

Whoever steps in for Ryan will have massive shoes to fill. The only way he will be able to do that is by scoring some early success on the recruiting trail.