A former NYC guard will transfer to the Scarlet Knights after a year at Iowa State. Okoro's story is a tragic one after losing both his brother and his father last year. Okoro's story is the classic case of what the hardship waiver is for.
Currently, if all goes to plan, Rutgers has 9 players on scholarship for next season.
One of the top remaining uncommitted players, a power forward out of the DC area, committed to Eddie Jordan and Rutgers. At this late stage, this is a huge pick-up for the Scarlet Knights, who are trying to rebuild their roster after several transfers (including Jerome Seagears who announced he'd be going to Auburn). Etou has plenty of potential. The only setback are rumors he may have some trouble qualifying. Things continue to look up for the Scarlet Knights under Eddie Jordan.
Whatever I start, I always finish. I started here so I’m going to finish here. I would love for (others) to stay but if they see a career for themselves somewhere else that’s better than here, that’s for them to say.
Ray Lesniak is probably the most prominent Rutgers alumnus in the New Jersey legislature along with John Wisnewski in the assembly. As of tonight, Lesniak is the first prominent New Jersey politician to call for Tim Pernetti's reinstatement as athletic director. As unrealistic (but deserved) as the possibility may be, at least someone is standing up for reason now.
Steve Sweeney and Sheila Oliver deserve all the scorn that they can get as the public face of Pernetti's unfair ouster two weeks ago, but as Chris Carlin recounted, Governor Christie deserves plenty of blame as well. He promised Pernetti the world, and went back on his word when the going went rough. If Christie stands up for Pernetti, Tim would still be in charge as we speak.
Regardless, Sen. Lesniak as in for a tough re-election fight this year in the Democratic primary in the 20th district (which includes Elizabeth and Union.) Given his courageous actions here, all Rutgers fans who live in that district owe it to themselves to vote for him this year. At the same time, Andy Sisti (the public face of the reinstatement campaign) should try to go after a few other politicians. Wisnewski obviously, and two senators in Dick Codey and Kip Bateman are prominently on the record as big Rutgers football fans, so they are probably at least worth a ring as well.