5 Reasons Why Bo Ryan's Tumultuous Offseason Will Make Badgers Stronger

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5 Reasons Why Bo Ryan's Tumultuous Offseason Will Make Badgers Stronger

Though Bo Ryan certainly garnered negative attention to both himself and the Wisconsin basketball program this past April, I believe this will only make the Badgers even stronger in 2012-13. 

For those unfamiliar with the situation, here's a quick rundown: Jarrod Uthoff wanted to transfer out of Wisconsin, but Ryan decided to block the redshirt freshman from transferring to a list of 26 schools, which is allowed but frowned upon.

The list included every other Big Ten school, every ACC school, Marquette, Iowa State and Florida. Ryan was looking to prevent the Badgers from having to face-off against Uthoff playing for one of their rivals.

Wisconsin plays each team in the Big Ten at least once, if not twice, during the regular season. The Big Ten-ACC Challenge occurs every season, and the Badgers have an annual contest with in-state rival Marquette. Also, Fred Hoiberg-led Iowa State has been the latest go-to school for Big Ten transfers.

At the end of the day, I can see both parties' points. While Ryan did not break any rules, many thought he was penalizing Uthoff out of spite. After much criticism, Ryan limited the list of blocked schools, and Uthoff will be attending Iowa, another member of the Big Ten. Hailing from the state, Uthoff will pay in-state tuition but will not be a scholarship player in the upcoming season.

In the end, all was settled but not before this situation caused a major uproar in college basketball. At the same time, the incident may have boosted both Ryan and the Badgers, and I have high hopes for them this upcoming season.

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