Report: Eddie Jordan agrees to coach Rutgers

Former Washington Wizards head coach, and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach, Eddie Jordan, has...

Former Washington Wizards head coach, and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach, Eddie Jordan, has reportedly agreed to coach Rutgers University's basketball team after coach Mike Rice was fired from the post due to abusive behaviour. (REUTERS/Peter Jones)

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Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan has agreed to become the next head coach of the Rutgers men’s basketball team, and will receive a five-year deal worth more than $1 million per year, according to The Newark Star-Ledger.

The former Scarlet Knights star guard is currently an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers. He’ll replace Mike Rice, who was fired April 3 after video surfaced of him verbally and physically abusing players at practice.

A deal hasn’t been finalized nor formally approved by university president Robert Barchi or lawyers for both sides, according to the paper. Jordan originally interviewed for the Rutgers job in 2010, but lost out to Rice.

Jordan, 58, has been an NBA head coach with the Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers. He played in the NBA from 1977-84 after starring at Rutgers from 1973-77, and helping the Scarlet Knights to the 1976 Final Four.

He is the school’s all-time leader in assists and steals.

Jordan will inherit a program in turmoil. Leading scorer Eli Carter reportedly asked for his release on Wednesday, joining teammates Mike Poole and Jerome Seagears.


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