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Jarrod Uthoff Reportedly Permitted to Transfer from Wisconsin Outside of Big Ten

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 09:  Bo Ryan the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers gives instructions to his team during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 9, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Wisconsin won 79-71.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterApril 19, 2012

Finally, some good news in the Jarrod Uthoff saga at Wisconsin.

According to ESPN college basketball insider Andy Katz, Badgers head coach Bo Ryan will allow Uthoff, a redshirt freshman from Iowa, to transfer to any school outside of the Big Ten:

Wisconsin met with Jarrod Uthoff and has announced that all transfer restrictions have been lifted except for Big Ten schools.

— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) April 19, 2012

 

Ryan had previously restricted Uthoff from taking his talents to any Big Ten or ACC school, along with Iowa State and Marquette. Ryan's original exercise of a coach's power to dictate where to and whether a player can switch schools sparked a firestorm of criticism, particularly from those, like Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports, who find issue with the NCAA's player transfer rules.

Prior to Ryan's relent, Uthoff's search for a new school had been largely limited to Creighton, which sports one of the top basketball programs in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Uthoff had been expected to step in as a contributor off the bench for the Badgers next season, with a starting role awaiting him once Jared Berggren and Mike Bruesewitz leave Madison in two years.

However, after spending a year practicing with the team, Uthoff had a change of heart, finding that he didn't fit into Ryan's swing offense quite as he'd hoped he would.

 

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