New Head Coach Eddie Jordan Graudated From Rutgers, Except That He Didn’t

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Here is a portion of Eddie Jordan’s bio on the Rutgers website.

RU’s all-time leader in both assists (585) and steals (220), “Fast Eddie” scored 1,632 career points and earned honorable mention All-American honors as a senior in 1977 before earning a degree in health and physical education.

Here is what Deadspin found out.

Despite all the accolades he’s received from the university and despite the school’s many claims to the contrary, Jordan hasn’t actually finished his degree, according to the Rutgers registrar’s office. The office sent me a verification document, found below, that indicates that Jordan attended classes at Rutgers from 1973 to 1977. He went on to take more classes in 1978, 1981, and 1985. There was no degree listed in the document. I called up the registrar’s office on Thursday and asked for clarification.

“He did not receive a degree from us,” an official there told me.

In grand scheme probably not a big deal, but considering Rutgers just went through a scandal where they were less than honest, this isn’t a good look for them or Jordan.

Eddie Jordan is Officially Named Head Coach at Rutgers

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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.

 

 

Report: Lakers Assistant Coach Eddie Jordan Leaving to Take Rutgers Job

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Maybe, if someone threw some balls at the Lakers, they wouldn’t be fighting, just to make the playoffs. Then again, Kobe said he would slap the hell out of any coach that did that.