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Sahly goes all investigative on us and tries to get the bottom of NIU's recruiting process.  Here's what I got out of it: Recruiting 101...Todd Townsend is a great recruiter...then it's Ricardo Patton quote time:

"The stereotype of the players being style of substance, I don't know that I've heard that. Uncoachable, OK. Selfish, pampered. If I were writing this, I would eliminate, I don't know that they're pampered," Patton said. "Uncoachable, selfish, maybe. Style over substance, not sure that I (agree with that)."

It sounds like he's actually talking about how CPS players are "uncoachable" rather than just talking about perceptions.

"If you print that, I'll tell you what buddy, we're done," Patton threatened last Friday. "You cannot be trusted."

So I guess that's it.  No more coverage of NIU basketball...?  I can actually live with that.

"I think what's a more interesting story is he named just about every Division I program in the state and talked about there being a larger NCAA presence," Patton said. "To me, that's telling. This doesn't appear to be a Ricardo Patton/Northern Illinois problem. If I have a cough, and I'm the only guy in the room with a cough, then I'm the only guy in the room with a cold. But if we all start coughing, then we've all got the same problem. That's a bigger story.

He just described what happened to people that watched NIU basketball games last year.

"I don't think anybody has to repair anything with Ricardo Patton," Patton said. "I don't take anything they say personally and the reason I don't take it personal is because they don't know me. For anyone to come out and believe that Ricardo Patton is in this business to screw kids, doesn't know Ricardo Patton."

That's not one, not two, but THREE references to himself in the 3rd person.  He should really win some kind of award for this.

In other news, everybody's favorite point guard Mike DiNunno will transfer to Eastern Kentucky University.  He'll have to sit out a year, giving me time to erase these reoccurring nightmares I still have of him launching up airball three-point shots.  I might need therapy. Also, I had no idea EKU's mascot was Colonel Sanders.  Oh and even though the basketball season has been over for months now, here's the season wrap-up.  Huh? 

Akron's point guard Anthony Hitchens has also left his team, presumably because of family issues.  Apparently a transfer is going to take his place, doesn't that sound familiar...