Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan banned yet another school from speaking to freshman forward Jarrod Uthoff, according to Uthoff’s AAU coach, Iowa Barnstormers Executive Director Jamie Johnson.
Florida sought permission from Wisconsin to consider Uthoff, but instead became the 26th school outlawed by Ryan from talking with the Cedar Rapids Jefferson graduate. The Gators signed a home-and-home contract with Wisconsin, which likely is the reason for the ban, according to Johnson.
Uthoff asked for a scholarship release last week and immediately was restricted from speaking with any Big Ten school, Marquette and Iowa State. Ryan later added all ACC schools to the restricted list when Virginia sought to contact Uthoff on Monday.
Uthoff has appealed the scholarship restrictions and has a meeting scheduled Thursday morning with Wisconsin officials.
In an interview with ESPN.com Ryan said, “There are rules of a scholarship,” Ryan said. “I didn’t make them up.”
“I didn’t know that he had filed the appeal since we didn’t know it was in the mailbox,” Ryan said. “It is out of my hands now. There is a process that he has to go through and it is with the administration.
“Coaches told me they can appeal and win but there is a process. I haven’t lied. I’m on the (coaches) board and have taken stands on unpopular things. But this is something that all coaches do. I didn’t make the rules. I’m just following them.”
I didn’t know that he had filed the appeal since we didn’t know it was in the mailbox,” Ryan said. “It is out of my hands now. There is a process that he has to go through and it is with the administration.