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:

Wisconsin Badgers @UWBadgers

So many great memories. #Badgers #ThanksBo https://t.co/5n0h6NSp6e

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

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Bo Ryan went 9-17 in his first season at UW-Platteville, in 1984-85. He never had a losing season as a head coach again

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

Katie Sharp @ktsharp

Wisconsin NCAA Tournament Appearances By Coach Bo Ryan: 14 (2002-15) Others: 7 (1939-2001)

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

Dave Revsine @BTNDaveRevsine

More perspective on Bo. Not only did Wisconsin not make the NCAA's b/tw 1947 & 1989 - it didn't even make NIT. Program was a non-factor

ESPN commentator Fran Fraschilla weighed in:

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Congrats to Bo Ryan on a soon-to-be Hall of Fame career. Same guy as big time coach as he was as an assistant 30+ years ago. Class.

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:

Jim Polzin @JimPolzinWSJ

Nigel: Bo and I never made eye contact (during lineups) and this game we did. He had the saddest look I’ve ever seen him have."

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

Wisconsin Basketball @BadgerMBB

Hayes: "From the players' standpoint, we wish him well with his retirement and all the things old people do" #ThanksBo

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

Devin Harris @Dev34Harris

Exceptional coach but even a better man. Thanks for everything over the years Coach Ryan. Enjoy retirement you deserve it.

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

Adam Hoge @AdamHoge

Man, if only Wisconsin could have held on against Duke back in April. Seriously sucks.

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

Jim Polzin @JimPolzinWSJ

Bo and Barry Alvarez decided semester was a good time to announce retirement and hand over team to Greg Gard. "To take a run at the job."

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

Kevin Trahan @k_trahan

Anyways, for Wisconsin, it's 1) Tony Bennett, 2) Ben Jacobson, 3) Gard, in that order. Basically three choices here.

Hoge also commented on the impending coaching decision:

Adam Hoge @AdamHoge

Greg Gard is a good coach. Deserves this shot. Tough spot for Barry Alvarez, who will be making a tremendously important hire.

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

Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello

From a recruiting perspective, Wisconsin has zero commitments in the 2016 class and one (Kobe King) in the 2017 class.

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.


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