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Wisconsin basketball: Current, former Badgers react to hiring of Greg Gard

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Many former players took to social media to applaud UW's hiring of the longtime assistant.

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin Badgers made it official on Monday evening when they named Greg Gard as the new head coach of the men's basketball team. It was presumably a foregone conclusion, given the fact that UW posted the job just under a couple of weeks ago during the season. That fueled speculation that Gard, who guided Wisconsin to a 13-6 mark in the 18 games he coached after taking over for Bo Ryan, would have the "interim" tag taken off -- and rightfully so. Wisconsin has won 11 of their last 13 games heading into the Big Ten Tournament that starts this Thursday, and is ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Current and former players took to social media, and even on to the Wisconsin athletic department's YouTube page, to congratulate and celebrate Gard's hiring.

Count the number of former UW players congratulated the former assistant coach in this nice compilation video: