Remember Jarrod Uthoff? The Cedar Rapids Jefferson product who signed with Wisconsin a year ago, then created a media firestorm in April when he decided to transfer away from Madtown upon Bo Ryan's slow down game wasn't for him? Well, he still hasn't made up his mind yet when it comes to which school he'll be calling home next season -- but he's very close.
Been told Uthoff will transfer to either Iowa St or Iowa. The latter seems to be in the lead. #creighton— TheBluejaycafe (@TheBluejayCafe) June 1, 2012
Jarrod Uthoff just texted me and says he is down to Iowa and Iowa State, but he didn't say he has a leader at this point.— Pat Harty (@PatHarty) June 2, 2012
Jarrod Uthoff just told me that he will make a decision between Iowa and Iowa State in the next few days.— Pat Harty (@PatHarty) June 2, 2012
So it looks like we'll have an ending to Uthoff's transfer odyssey before too long. Iowa's still very much in the picture for his services, and may even be the leader depending on which source above you place more stock in.
Still, that would be a slightly surprising outcome to me, considering that Uthoff would be choosing Iowa when (as I understand things) he hasn't been able to be in contact with the Iowa coaching staff (and won't be able to until the fall semester begins, if memory serves) and when he'd have to pay his own way next season. (And, frankly, even then a scholarship might not be guaranteed -- Iowa has just two scholarships to offer next year.) To say nothing of the fact that the school vying with Iowa for his services is Cap'n Hoiberg's Home For Wayward Big Ten Youths.
But hey: maybe Uthoff just wants to be a Hawkeye that badly. If that's the case, we'll happily welcome him to the fold. Either way, this long, drawn-out saga should be concluded very soon.