This week, Wisconsin Badger head coach Bo Ryan bid adieu to the sweet sound of sneakers squeaking in the gym, the roar of the crowd, the lows of defeat, and the joy of victory when he announced his retirement from coaching, effective immediately.
While Bo may have never won a national championship, he was undoubtedly one of the game's great coaches. Don't believe me? Bo's career collegiate coaching record of 747-233 (76.2%) puts him amongst the game's elite. Additionally, Wisconsin never missed the tourney under Bo, making 14 consecutive trips to the Dance which culminated in last year's National Championship game appearance (UW will most likely miss this year barring an Angels in the Outfield type of miracle).
No. 11 - Jay Wright, Villanova (315-151, 67.6%)
I had a tough time deciding on the bottom few spots of these rankings. Wright and the Villanova Wildcats have had the run of a watered down Big East in the last few years, so it's easy to forget that Nova's Final Four run in 2009 came at a time when they had a much tougher schedule. However, Wright hasn't been able to get his teams past the Sweet 16 since then, and some high-profile upsets in the last few years have only increased the scrutiny. He's not in danger of losing his job, but of all the coaches that made the Committee's Top 11, his position is the most tenuous.