Soon-to-be Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh is supporting basketball coach Greg Gard following the release a secretly-recorded conversation between the coach and several seniors.

The meeting, which was recorded without players’ knowledge, included several direct criticisms of Gard’s coaching style and how the last year was handled.

Despite the revelation, McIntosh is standing by his head men’s basketball coach.

“In terms of going forward, Greg has our support,” McIntosh told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Does (this) make it easier for us? It doesn’t. But I think we understand what Coach Gard is all about and how much he does care about his players.

“Our assessment of that takes place on a day-by-day basis over the course of years. Not one recording that was edited.”

Outgoing athletic director Barry Alvarez and Gard also issued statements addressing the matter on Tuesday.

McIntosh will replace Alvarez as Wisconsin’s AD later this month.

The Badgers are coming off a disappointing campaign. They went 18-13 and were knocked out in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.