The media helped Jarrod Uthoff shame Bo Ryan into easing his transfer restrictions, allowing the former Iowa Mr. Basketball to take his talents to any team outside the Big Ten. Now Uthoff must find a team that wants his talents. That process will, at some point this week, lead him to the campus of Marquette University.
Uthoff has already reportedly visited Creighton and Iowa State, and at some point he will visit Florida. Like Iowa State and Florida, Marquette was originally on the list of teams Uthoff was forbidden to consider as a transfer destination. Uthoff says he still has Iowa on his list too though he’s not allowed to visit there or talk to the coaching staff, Iowa being a Big Ten school.
As you recall, Iowa native Uthoff spent last year as a redshirt freshman for Wisconsin, but at some point decided he didn’t like the Badgers’ team-oriented approach and asked for a transfer. Bo Ryan did what any coach would do in attempting to prevent Uthoff from transferring to conference rivals, in-state rivals and any other schools expected to be on the team’s schedule over the next few years, including teams the Badgers might see in the ACC/Big Ten challenge. But for some reason the media objected to this and held Bo’s feet to the fire.
Admittedly, Bo did a bad job dealing with that media heat, especially during his stumbling interview on Mike & Mike. In the end Wisconsin was forced to eliminate all but Big Ten schools from the transfer restriction list. So, Uthoff whined, the media came to his defense because apparently they don’t like the prickly Ryan, and now Uthoff can pick his spot as long as it’s not in our conference.
Of course none of this will really matter if Uthoff turns out to be a dog of a player. It could turn out that the Badgers got lucky losing this guy, who is clearly not big on the team-first approach that has made Wisconsin a perennial Big Ten contender. We’ll see.