(and he looks like the Grinch, too)
In case you haven't heard, Wisconsin redshirt freshman Jarrod Uthoff has decided to leave the program, and seek a better offensive fit elsewhere (which likely means, anywhere). However, in keeping with his mean-spirited thievery of Christmas, Bo the Grinch has decided to steal from Uthoff his chance to play in two of the Big 6 conferences in college ball, B1G & ACC, as well as the land of the lost B1G players, Iowa State, and Marquette.
Presumably, the rationale behind immediately prohibiting Uthoff to go to at least 25 schools (there is no reason to not believe more schools may not be added later), is that Bo and his empty hole of dead tomato of a heart, filled with unwashed socks, is concerned about Uthoff coming back to bite him with a 39.5 foot pole in future play.
However, as the respected Jay Bilas (among others) points out by blowing up on the Twitter, Ryan's viewpoint is nothing short of complete hypocrisy:
Wisconsin restricting Jarrod Uthoff's transfer is simply wrong. There is no legit reason for a school to control a player's destination.
Bo Ryan left UW-Milwaukee for Madison after just 2 years. Was his contract up? Was his "commitment" satisfied? Should HE have been blocked?
College presidents lack integrity. Their schools offer jobs to coaches UNDER CONTRACT elsewhere, then sit silently when athletes mistreated.
NCAA Prez left Colorado to Montana St to UConn to LSU to UDub to millions at NCAA. Anybody restrict HIS "transfers"? No! Hypocritical? Yes!
And he goes on. Basically, Bilas and others realize that Bo the Grinch, with all the tenderness of a seasick crocodile, is completely screwing over a kid and blocking him from following his dream, all in the apparent interest of "protecting the integrity of the Wisconsin program." While I can’t find any statement from the Grinch on this one, this is the most logical speculation I’ve seen on blogs and sports sites. Though just because I believe it’s the most logical justification, still doesn’t mean that it’s appropriate. Now, I know this goes on many places, but right now, this is the most high profile example. And just because it happens elsewhere, and only, when the coach losing a player decides so, it doesn’t make it right.
MSU has lost a number of players in recent years to transfers - Tom Herzog, Chris Allen, Korie Lucious, and kind of Dwaun Anderson. I never heard anything about Izzo restricting their options - did anybody hear otherwise?