Wisconsin misplaces Jarrod Uthoff's appeal letter; Uthoff confirms meeting with Barry Alvarez
Jarrod Uthoff confirmed he has a meeting scheduled at 9 a.m. Thursday with Wisconsin officials, including Wisconsin Athletics Director Barry Alvarez, to go over his appeal of transfer restrictions.
Uthoff, a freshman forward at Wisconsin and Cedar Rapids Jefferson graduate, sought a scholarship release last Thursday. Uthoff's AAU Coach, Iowa Barnstormers Executive Director Jamie Johnson, told The Gazette that night Wisconsin had restricted all Big Ten schools, Iowa State, Marquette and potentially others.
Tuesday, Uthoff told The Gazette that Wisconsin officials added all ACC schools after Virginia sought permission to speak with him.
Wisconsin basketball spokesman Patrick Herb said Tuesday any student-athlete seeking a scholarship release must file an appeal to Wisconsin's compliance director within two business days if a potential transfer location is initially rejected.
Uthoff said he had appealed to the university to ease those restrictions. A source with knowledge of the situation said Uthoff had yet to appeal.
"The university has not received any appeal," the source said. "I don't think the kid knows who he submitted the appeal to."
Uthoff said he went to Wisconsin associate athletics director Justin Doherty's office one day before his appeal was required. Doherty was not available, so Uthoff then asked Doherty's secretary if he could leave it on Doherty's desk, but the secretary said he couldn't do that. So the secretary took Uthoff's appeal and placed it in Doherty's mailbox, according to Johnson.
Uthoff confronted Doherty and his staff today to ask why the appeal was not received. After a discussion, Wisconsin's officials found Uthoff's appeal letter in Doherty's mailbox.
"She just placed it in his mailbox and he didn’t check his mailbox until I had a meeting with him today," Uthoff said. "I told him the situation and he went and checked his mailbox and it was there.
"They said, 'Well, this changes things. This puts the burden on us.' I said, 'I don’t know what you expected me to do'. They said it was fine."
Uthoff red-shirted this season for the Badgers. He would have to sit out one season if he transfers to another Division I institution. He was Iowa's Mr. Basketball as a senior at Jefferson, averaging more than 26 points a game.
The story has reached viral status with commentary on websites such as ESPN, Yahoo! among others.
"I'm surprised with how many people are interested in this," Uthoff said.Uthoff has a visit scheduled next Monday at Creighton. He said he's still weighing his options on his future.