Now the healing can begin.
After a few obstacles in the negotiating process, former Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan has finally agreed to become the new head coach at Rutgers, according to ESPN.
Jordan will receive a five-year contract, the source told McMurphy. The Star-Ledger reported that Jordan’s deal is worth over $1 million per year.
The agreement comes just more than two weeks after Rutgers fired Mike Rice after a video was aired that showed him grabbing and kicking players at practice, and using anti-gay slurs. The video was compiled from recordings taken during Rice’s three years as coach.
Jordan played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973-77, and is the school’s all-time leader in assists and steals. He interviewed for the position in 2010, when Rice eventually landed the job.
Jordan, 58, also met with Rutgers President Robert Barchi during the process. He will take over a program mired in scandal and doesn’t have a wealth of experience in the recruiting world. Jordan has been a head coach in the NBA with Sacramento, Washington and Philadelphia. He has a 257-343 career coaching record in the NBA.