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Bo Ryan finally speaks about Jarrod Uthoff, doesn’t help his case at all

Apr 19, 2012, 1:43 AM EDT

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Bo Ryan finally broke his silence regarding his decision to restrict the schools that can recruit redshirt transfer Jarrod Uthoff, who is trying to transfer out of the program.

And you know what? Bo proved all of us wrong, just not in the way that he intended. We all thought that he had barred Uthoff from contacting 25 schools. The actual number is 26. Florida was added because Wisconsin plays the Gators in a home-and-home starting next season.

Where else did Ryan go wrong when talking with

- “There are rules of a scholarship. I didn’t make them up. … This is something that all coaches do. I didn’t make the rules. I’m just following them,” Ryan said, and he’s right. There are rules to a scholarship, and none of them have anything to do with banning a player from transferring to 26 different schools. Even the Big Ten has changed their rules and now allow athletes to transfer within the conference and remain on scholarship. What rule is he referring to?

- And as far as this being “something that all coaches do”, well, that’s just said. Grown men in public and powerful positions should not be this bitter and resentful over the decision of a teenager.

- Ryan said that he blocked the entire ACC because there is a 1-in-12 chance that if Uthoff ended up at an ACC school — Virginia showed him interest when he announced his intention to transfer — they would play the Badgers in the ACC/Big Ten Invitational. Seriously. Ryan is more concerned with that 1-in-12 chance than he is with ensuring that Uthoff lands someplace he can succeed. Why, again, would any parent want to send their kid to play at Wisconsin?

It’s hard to imagine, but Ryan comes out looking even worse now that he has spoken.

Look, if Ryan wants to ban Uthoff from going to any Big Ten school, I get it. It’s unfair. Very unfair. But it’s understandable. The same with banning Marquette. The Golden Eagles are Wisconsin’s arch-rival. They play every year in a game that carries just as much bragging rights as any rivalry in the country. Again, it’s an unfair rule that Ryan is allowed to make this decision for Uthoff, but I understand the sentiment.

But the entire ACC? Iowa State? Florida?

That is all spite. It’s all because Ryan is an angry, bitter man that got burned by a player that didn’t like the way he fit in with the Wisconsin program. As Jeff Goodman put it, Ryan is “beyond angered”. Beyond petty fits as well.

Jamie Johnson, Uthoff’s AAU coach, said, “I hope cooler heads prevail.”


I simply hope Ryan grows up. Trying to make Uthoff’s life miserable isn’t going to do any good for his program.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

  1. 69jaredallen69 - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Mr Grinch is trying to steal a kids college experience…just goes to show his heart is 3 sizes too small. Gopher fans rightly deserve to continue their F Bo Ryan cheer after his pettiness

  2. tiger7575 - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Bo should be spending a little more time working on his
    ” end of game management” rather than pricking on a young man one third his age. Bo is a joke and the other coaches in the Big 10 LOVE having him in their league.
    The fact that the administration doesn’t step in and make this right just illustrates how these petty people in the education industry could never make it in the real world where you need to operate and turn a profit.

  3. skip3525 - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Why doesn’t he just go to a Juco and play one year there and have 3 years left at any school of his choice?

  4. bozosforall - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Meanwhile, the Wisconsin football program is poaching QBs from other programs on a yearly basis.

  5. blantoncollier - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Wonder how quick Coach Bo would call his lawyer if his AD blocked him from breaking his contract and bolting to any of those 26 schools?

  6. rubbernilly - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    The problem with his “it’s not my rules” defense is that he isn’t doing something mandated by the rules. He is exercising a privilege *allowed for* in the rules. That’s a big difference. There are many things that are allowed under different rules or laws, but just because they are allowed doesn’t make them right.

    When pressed, then, for why he is doing this to the kid, his response was that many coaches are doing this.

    “But, Mom! Everybody was jumping off a cliff!”

    Which gets us no closer to knowing why he’s exercising his privilege.

    So then he talks about being a representative of the school and the fans, and wanting to make sure that some conversation takes place between the kid and the administration.

    If he really wanted a conversation, he could talk to the kid. Short of that, the kid doesn’t owe him a word of explanation.

  7. realitybites52 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    he can transfer anywhere he wants as soon as he pays back his year of tuition. Bo would have to buyout his contract why can’t jared.

  8. astrosfan75956 - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Bo Ryan is an idiot.

  9. dalemite - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Why is this such a big deal? Parents don’t send your kid to Wisconsin? Talk about sensationalism…..

    I get the initial debate and agree that Uthoff should be allowed to transfer to ACC schools, but B1G schools and Marquette and Iowa State (claims of tampering) are entirely fine to be excluded and no one should even think twice about it.

    Bo Ryan is a great coach and from what it seems like a great guy. People need to relax. This happens all the time with transfers.

    Ryan just paid/saved that kid approximately $25k in tuition plus another $10k in room/board/books and is getting nothing out of the deal than a practice squad guy. So, he limits his choices to roughly 90% of schools in D1. Seems like more than enough options for him to play for a more up-tempo offense out there near home (iowa)…read: Creighton; Northern Iowa. Big 12/SEC…

    If Uthoff really cared as much as all the talking heads, he’d have filed an appeal. He didn’t. Move on people and stop creating stories out of nothing.

  10. mikehockey - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Bo Ryan is delusional he can leave anytime he wants for the almighty dollar even after signing a contract but God forbid one of his players does not want to play for him anymore period, end of story. So emperior Bo Ryan wants this kid to talk to him well the kid does not want to talk about it period. Hey Bo grow a pair and let him play where ever he wants you know like you can as well. Why should there be different rules for a coach and a player?? He owes you nothing but to play hard for you each year that’s it emperior Bo! nothing else not a talk not a conversation nothing. You wanted him for what he could do for you WIN but it did’nt work out for your player so let him go and play whereever he wants!

  11. lv00799 - Apr 19, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Bo Ryan left UW-Milwaukee for Madison after just 2 years. Was his contract up? Was his “commitment” satisfied? Should HE have been blocked?

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