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Former Badger Brian Butch gives Greg Gard vote of confidence

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As part of his statement announcing his retirement, Bo Ryan said his hope is that his longtime assistant Greg Gard inherits his role as head coach once Ryan steps down following the 2015-16 season. Gard has been on Ryan's coaching staff for the past 22 seasons, dating back to Ryan's days as head coach at UW-Platteville, but Gard has never been a head coach at the college level.

WKOW-TV caught up with former UW basketball player Brian Butch Monday, and he endorsed Gard as Ryan's potential successor.

"A lot of the success you see is because of Coach Gard. The development of the players, Coach [Gary] Close, Coach Gard, both those guys are  hands all over the development of players, as much as Coach Ryan is and that's not always the case at a lot of places, but it is here," Butch said.

"I think all the former players, Coach Gard has our vote of confidence to continue to do what this program has done the past couple years and finding a way to take it and continue to build on it."

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