According to various reports, Wisconsin has signed an extension with head coach Bo Ryan through the 2020 season. The news comes as the Badgers recently wrapped up a season with a loss to Duke in the national championship game after putting together one of the best single seasons in school history.
Ryan became the Wisconsin head coach in 2001 and has completed 14 seasons with the Badgers. Wisconsin has made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances under Ryan including four seasons with Big Ten regular season titles, three Big Ten Tournament titles, and two Final Four appearances.
Undoubtedly, Wisconsin has been one of the most consistent programs in the nation under Ryan and the Athletic Department and fans alike are motivated to continue that success going forward. Ryan should allow the program to maintain its stability and national competitiveness.
Overall, the contract is set to cover the next five seasons. If Ryan does remain the head coach in Madison through the duration of the contract, he will be 72 years old. Retirement does not appear to be on the table at this stage, but it does appear reasonable that Ryan retires at Wisconsin during this contract extension.
Next year should be an important transition season for Wisconsin as they look to replace star players Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky and ensuring that the program's head coach will be around for the foreseeable future certainly helps to give fans hope for next year and beyond.