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Bo Ryan's complete statement to ESPN's Andy Katz

"I made a mistake in my private life and have taken responsibility for my actions. I had a relationship with a woman who had no connection to the University of Wisconsin. That relationship ended nearly 1 ½ years ago.

"I revealed this issue openly to the University, and encouraged them to review any activity to assure them that no University resources were misused.

"My wife Kelly and I believed that the University's findings concluded this matter. To be clear, this matter was absolutely unrelated to my retirement many months later. In fact, I timed my retirement intentionally to assure that Greg Gard got his hard-earned opportunity to coach the University of Wisconsin basketball team.

"I am a lucky man. Through Kelly's strength and understanding we have gotten through this difficult situation together. Throughout my career I have worked to help others. Now I am in the position of receiving help from Kelly who has taught me a lot about forgiveness.

"Our focus is on moving forward in a relationship that is stronger than ever."

-- Bo Ryan statement