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Bo Ryan to retire: Badgers react to news of Wisconsin coach leaving after next season

A flurry of Badgers showered praise on head coach Bo Ryan after Monday's announcement that he would retire after next season.

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After leading the Wisconsin Badgers to consecutive Final Four appearances, head coach Bo Ryan announced in a statement sent by the athletic department on Monday that he would retire after the 2015-16 season.

The initial reaction was one of surprise and, more generally, "oh no." The Badgers have made the NCAA tournament in all of Ryan's 14 seasons and even though Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky are gone, it'd be foolish to suggest Wisconsin won't still be a contender in the Big Ten next season.

But Ryan is 67, after all, and if we're going to have a season-long farewell tour, it might as well come on the heels of two straight Final Four runs.

Regardless, it wasn't surprising to see many current and former Badgers praised and thanked Ryan via social media throughout the day.

When I found out that next season would be Coach Ryan's last as the head of Wisconsin's Men's Basketball program I had...

Posted by Frank Kaminsky on Monday, June 29, 2015

The media also sent in their warm messages to Ryan: