After the internet cried foul Tuesday on Wisconsin and coach Bo Ryan trying to block freshman Jarrod Uthoff from transferring to 25 schools, there was an odd development today – the school tried to claim Uthoff didn’t file an appeal in time, according to the Gazette. Except he did. He put it in the mailbox of associate athletics director Justin Doherty. Problem: Doherty didn’t check his mailbox.
Now, Uthoff has a 9 am meeting Thursday with Wisconsin Athletics Director Barry Alvarez.
“Blocking the transfer” has become a popular theme this week.
* Danny Manning was recently named the head coach at Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane’s best player, Jordan Clarkson, is transferring, and according to the Tulsa World, submitted a list of eight schools he’d like to attend. Tulsa gave him permission to go to three. According to the paper, there’s an issue that perhaps Clarkson (or his camp) was reaching out to other schools during the season. This one doesn’t figure to generate as large an outcry on the web, but Clarkson will be an impact player somewhere in 2013.
* Frank Martin, the new South Carolina coach, is also dealing with the issue. Damontre Harris wants to transfer out, and plenty of schools want the talented defensive player (who would have perhaps been SC’s best player). Problem – a former SC assistant coach is now on staff at NC State, and that’s where Harris wants to go. South Carolina is preventing Harris from going there according to the Fayetteville Observer. Fifteen other schools are interested in Harris, according to the paper.
But neither of those examples comes close to Ryan’s situation. Blocking 25 schools is absurd. I expect Wisconsin to do the right thing Thursday.