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Report: UW officials preparing to offer Gard long-term contract

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MADISON (WKOW) -- University of Wisconsin officials are preparing to offer interim head basketball coach Greg Gard a long-term contract, according to a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Two sources close to the program told the newspaper UW officials have been "blown away by the work of Gard," who has a record of 12-5 in the Big Ten and 13-5 overall since taking over for Bo Ryan in mid-December.

UW officials posted the job last week. Anyone who is hired for the job must be approved by the UW Board of Regents. They're scheduled to meet next Thursday. UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez is required to post the job for at least one week and interview at least three candidates. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports its sources say Alvarez and other UW officials have been "consistently impressed by Gard's work during games, practices and in interacting with the public" and they "believe they have the right coach to lead the team next season and beyond."

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