Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan ‘not totally sure’ about retirement

Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan now says he’s “not totally sure” about whether he will retire after next season.

Post-Crescent Media reported Thursday (http://tinyurl.com/nwzxnhx ) that Ryan kept the door open to delaying retirement at an appearance at the U.S. Venture Open golf charity event.

In late June, the 67-year-old Ryan announced he planned to retire at the end of the next basketball season and said he hoped longtime assistant Greg Gard would be hired as his successor.

But he told reporters Wednesday at the charity golf outing that “I haven’t submitted any papers yet. I haven’t submitted anything.”

Asked whether that means he’s leaving the door open to returning after next season, Ryan said, “I am.”

“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,” Ryan said. “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.”

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