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Some minor news and notes about Rutgers basketball...

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

--According to Jerry Carino, 2014 center Ibrahima Diallo signed his Letter of Intent this week.  It has to be sent to his parents in Africa for another signature before Rutgers can process it.

--Charles Cooke, the 6'6" Guard from James Madison is visiting Rutgers this weekend.  The Dukes transfer and Rutgers have "serious mutual interest".  While Cooke isn't much of a shooter, he did average 14 ppg.  And he turns the opposition over a ton.  He could help Rutgers' defense.

--It appears Rutgers is *out* on Top 150 wing, and former Marquette commit Marial Shayok:

--Eddie Jordan hasn't hired an assistant yet, and appears to be waiting for the right fit, someone he has a previous relationship with--via Carino.  In the absence of a recruiting assistant, Director of Basketball Operations Dalip Bhatia has been temporarily promoted to help recruit.

--Rashard Figures, a big guard who played for Hackensack is considered a Rutgers lean according to The Corner Three. The Scarlet Knights haven't offered yet, however.

--Okay, Rutgers fans, try to keep your head from hitting the desk.  Former Scarlet Knight Austin Carroll's mother wrote an opinion piece for Inside Jersey, one of the NJ.com arms.  In it, Carroll asks Rutgers to apologize.  Of course, an apology won't be forthcoming because Rutgers and Rice can't due to all the legal issues surrounding the controversy.  She also adds this line:

But could a video of what happened in a closed locker room during a frustrating game be more damaging to Mike Rice and Rutgers than this practice video? Bet on it.

--In "it goes without saying" news, Rutgers fans just want this story to go away.

--In more "stories that won't fade away", Richard Codey calls for Julie Hermann to be fired.  Sigh.

--The blog Raritan River Review tries to analyze the Hermann situation.  The article is an interesting read, as it tries to give context to Hermann's comments regarding The Star Ledger. The article contains the full audio of the class.

The article concludes with:

Noting all the variations of interpretations made by the media, Thompson said   "It was just a game of telephone."

--And finally, while Seton Hall's recurits got all the press, Rutgers commitment Dwayne Foreman scored 11 points and pulled down 5 rebounds in yesterday's Jordan Brand Classic.

The fun never stops Rutgers fans.  Keep checking for more hoops news as Eddie Jordan is still trying to fill those final 3 scholarships.