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Wisconsin removes ‘interim’ tag, names Greg Gard coach to replace Bo Ryan

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Greg Gard

MADISON — Wisconsin has named Greg Gard the permanent replacement for retired basketball coach Bo Ryan.

The university’s Board of Regents approved Gard’s contract on Monday night following his successful audition as the interim coach.

Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed by the university.

Wisconsin is 13-6 since Gard took over following Ryan’s abrupt retirement after a game on Dec. 15. The veteran assistant was considered the front-runner after steadying the Badgers following a 1-4 start in Big Ten play.

A Wisconsin native, Gard in a statement called it an “honor and privilege” to be named head coach.

Athletic director Barry Alvarez said he was impressed with the job Gard has done both on and off the court.