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“Ryan said he wouldn't discuss the impact of losing Uthoff. The Badgers lost to Syracuse in the NCAA tournament East regional semifinal in Boston last month. NCAA rules allow a player to transfer, requiring them to sit out a year in most cases. But as Uthoff's situation shows, the process can be more complicated. According to the NCAA's website, most transfers also require a "permission-to-contact" letter from the current school to a potential new school. According to a student-athlete handbook posted on Wisconsin's website, a player who intends to transfer must make a written request to the school's director of compliance for permission to speak to another institution or use the transfer exception. A coach may deny permission, and the student-athlete can appeal. "Appeals related to the denial, by a coach, of a student-athlete's request to contact another institution or to use the one-time transfer exception, begin with a written request to the sport administrator for the student-athlete's team," the handbook says. If the sport administrator upholds the coach's decision, the student-athlete can appeal to Alvarez. If Alvarez upholds the decision, the student-athlete can make a request to the chair of the athletic board for an appeal committee hearing that will determine "whether the athletic director's decision was reasonable." According to the handbook, the appeal committee's decision is final and not subject to further review. 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. 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. Chad Hawley, the Big Ten's associate commissioner of compliance, said Thursday that the rule change was made to prevent penalizing the player from receiving scholarship money. But the conference wanted to put in a penalty if the player transferred within the conference. In Uthoff's case he would be allowed under Big Ten rules -- if Wisconsin didn't block him -- to transfer to another Big Ten school, but would have only three seasons of eligibility left, not four. Although Uthoff isn't yet a high-profile player -- he redshirted as a freshman last season -- his situation is gaining national attention. ESPN analyst Jay Bilas posted on his Twitter account that "Wisconsin restricting Jarrod Uthoff's transfer is simply wrong. There is no legit reason for a school to control a player's destination." Johnson, Uthoff's former AAU coach, doesn't understand why Wisconsin might be worried about Uthoff going to another marquee program. "If you end up playing (against) him, just try to beat that team," Johnson said. Johnson said Uthoff wants to transfer because he felt he didn't fit in with the Badgers' style of play. His advice to Uthoff this time around? "Take your time this time," Johnson said. "Don't rush into anything." Johnson, a coach with the Iowa Barnstormers program, calls Ryan and assistant Greg Gard "good guys" and says he wouldn't necessarily discourage future recruits from considering Wisconsin. "At the same time, I hope cooler heads prevail," Johnson said. Information from ESPN.com's Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.
There are rules of a scholarship. I didn't make them up.” -- Bo Ryan