MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin has decided to allow freshman forward Jarrod Uthoff to seek a transfer to any school he chooses outside the Big Ten, hoping to defuse a situation that has drawn national criticism.

The school said Uthoff asked for permission to contact 16 other schools and the Badgers rejected four of them. Uthoff appealed over three of those schools and met Thursday with athletic director Barry Alvarez and associate AD Justin Doherty.

The two officials then met with head coach Bo Ryan and decided Uthoff can contact any school he wants to outside the Big Ten.

The 6-foot-8 forward redshirted as a freshman last season. ESPN analyst Jay Bilas tweeted his disgust with the school trying to "control a player's destination."