Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) - Eddie Jordan was officially named as the new
head coach of a Rutgers men's basketball program recently rocked by
revelations of player abuse under predecessor Mike Rice.
Jordan, a former star player for the Scarlet Knights who owns nine years of
head coaching experience at the NBA level with three different teams, was
formally introduced by interim athletic director Carl Kirschner at a Wednesday
press conference. Kirschner is stepping in for Tim Pernetti, who resigned from
his post shortly after the disclosure of video footage that showed Rice
yelling slurs while also shoving, grabbing and throwing basketballs at
"I have come to know Eddie Jordan as an open, honest and terrific person to
lead our men's basketball program," Kirschner said. "Rutgers is very fortunate
to have Eddie return to his alma mater to restore pride in the program."
Jordan, who went on to a seven-year playing career in the NBA after graduating
from Rutgers in 1977, compiled a 257-343 record over nine seasons with
Sacramento, Washington and Philadelphia. This will be his first entry into the
collegiate ranks as a head coach, though he served two stints as an assistant
at his alma mater from 1984-85 and 1988-92.
He takes over a Rutgers program that has endured six consecutive losing
seasons and last reached the NCAA Tournament in 1991, and has had several
players from last year's 14-18 team requesting release from their scholarships
in the wake of the Rice scandal.
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