Last June, Wisconsin head basketball coach Bo Ryan announced that he planned to retire following the 2015-16 after coaching the Badgers since 2001.
However, the 67-year-old seems to be having second thoughts.
“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, according to Tim Froberg of the Post-Crescent. “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,” he continued. “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.”
Wisconsin is 357–125 (.741) and has made the NCAA Tournament in every single season under Ryan’s 14-year tenure, including seven Sweet 16 appearances and back-to-back Final Fours. The Badgers are coming off their best season with Ryan at the helm, winning 34 games, claiming the Big Ten championship, and finishing as the NCAA runner-up to Duke.
Needless to say, Wisconsin won’t be pushing him out the door.
“I just wanted to get it out there that I’m not going to be able to do this forever,” Ryan said. “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.”