Jarrod Uthoff to transfer to Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Jarrod Uthoff is staying in the Big Ten -- and he figures to see plenty more of Bo Ryan over the next few years.
Uthoff told "Outside The Lines" reporter Steve Delsohn on Wednesday night that he will be attending Iowa even though Badgers coach Bo Ryan put severe limitations on his request to transfer.
Uthoff said he'll have to pay his own way next year at Iowa and also will have to sit out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer rules. But that's not an issue for Uthoff, who hails from nearby Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Uthoff said he didn't want money to be a factor in his decision.
"We can afford to pay for my education for a year," said Uthoff, 19.
Ryan's decision to place what many believed were heavy restrictions on Uthoff's list of transfer options drew national criticism.
Uthoff previously had told an Iowa-based high school sports website, metrosportsreport.com, that Ryan had placed every Big Ten and ACC school, plus Iowa State and Marquette, on the list of schools that couldn't contact him.
Wisconsin later trimmed the list of schools restricted from talking to Uthoff to the Big Ten.
Uthoff, a 6-foot-8 forward who redshirted in 2011-12, wasn't able to speak directly with Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery. But he left Wisconsin in part because he felt the Badgers methodical style didn't fit his skill set, and he said he feels the Hawkeyes up-tempo pace will.
Uthoff also told The Associated Press that he hasn't spoken to Ryan since he told him of his plans to transfer, even though Ryan had told Uthoff he would call him once he returned from vacation.
Ironically, Iowa let prep guard Ben Brust out of his letter of intent back in 2009 when the coach who recruited him, Todd Lickliter, was fired. Brust signed with Ryan and Wisconsin.
The Big Ten altered its transfer rule within the conference, starting with the 2011-12 season. The new rule allows transfers to receive a grant-in-aid from their new school, but reduces their remaining athletic eligibility by a year. That penalty could have been waived if Wisconsin did not block him from Big Ten schools.
Previously, once a Big Ten player signed a grant-in-aid agreement at one Big Ten school, he or she could transfer to a second Big Ten school, but would not be allowed to receive any financial aid. The new rule does not put as great a financial penalty on the player transferring.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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