Jarrod Uthoff: Memories of Big Eight basketball
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Jarrod Uthoff, the Wisconsin basketball player who wants to transfer and was at the center of a firestorm when Badger coach Bo Ryan gave Uthoff a mile-long list of schools Wisconsin wouldn’t approve, made me think of Big Eight basketball. That’s right, Big Eight.
Uthoff, a high school star in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a cousin of former Iowa State center Dean Uthoff. Only old-timers will remember Uthoff — a raw-boned, 6-foot-11 center who led the Big Eight in rebounding four straight years, 1977 through 1980.
Those were not glory years for the Cyclones. Those were the four seasons Iowa State was coached by Lynn Nance. The four years between Ken Trickey (who went 13-40 in two seasons) and Johnny Orr (who became a Cyclone icon). In those four seasons, Iowa State went 8-19, 14-13, 11-16, 11-16. So in no way were those the salad days of Cyclone hoops.
But Uthoff was a rock inside. He averaged double digit points and rebounds every season except for his 9.0 rebounds as a senior. His care
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