Bo Ryan wanted Greg Gard to take over for him last summer. But Ryan put off retirement when Gard's father became ill and later passed away.
So the timing wasn't right.
But now Ryan's longtime assistant has the reigns to one of the top college basketball programs in the nation.
Gard is a Dodgeville graduate and has been coaching with Ryan since his UW-Platteville days. Gard has followed Ryan from Platteville to Milwaukee to Madison.
Now, he'll have the rest of the season to prove he can follow Ryan as the head coach. On Wednesday, he talked about leading the program and his new role.
"Talked to various head coaches through the years that when you slide over that 18 inches things are going to change. It won't be so much the team but it's all the other things that all hell may break loose. The last 24 hours, yeah, that's exactly what it's been. It's been a whirlwind. It's been an avalanche. It's been a hurricane all in one but it's been unbelievably positive. I've enjoyed every minute of it. I get more and more excited as the minutes go on," Gard said.
Gard's first game as interim head coach is next week Wednesday when Wisconsin hosts UW-Green Bay.