INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 06: Head coach Bo Ryan of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts after a play in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Bo Ryan lets refs have it after national title game loss

Bo Ryan may be the second-most polarizing head coach in college basketball after Kentucky’s John Calipari. He didn’t make many more friends with some in the national media or sporting public after Monday night’s loss to Duke in the national title game either.

While being interviewed after the loss by CBS, Ryan refused to hold back on his feelings on the officiating in the second half and beyond.

and then he went all-in with a jab at one-and-done players…not the freshman kind, more like the 5th year transfer variety that a lot of team like to plug in to their system to fill holes in a roster.

Clearly there was room for plenty of frustration given the fact that Wisconsin shot all of three free throws to Duke’s 16 in the second half alone. A 13-6 team foul situation also added to the frustration and while Ryan had a point, it may have been better to make that point in a much more subtle way or avoid the “officials screwed us” look all together.

That is if Ryan actually cared what the national media or other fans would say about him.

No doubt the criticism of him was loud and quick.

Then again, isn’t it also refreshing to see a head coach speak some truth to the situation in front of him?

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, as well as Publisher of Big Ten site