According to NJ.com, a deal between Eddie Jordan and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights has been reached. According to their sources, the meeting between the two went so well on Saturday, that an announcement will be made sometime this week that officially makes Jordan the head honcho in charge of furthering the hoops program.
This would be a pretty good get for Rutgers. Regardless if you feel that his actual coaching skills merit him getting the job, it is a great and quick way for Rutgers to try to distance themselves from the Mike Rice debacle. Jordan is also a Rutgers alum — meaning it is one of their own who is going to help them overcome all things intolerance and physically abusing kids related.
Jordan is currently an assistant for the Los Angeles Lakers and has a slew of coaching experience in the pros. However, his only college coaching experience came with Rutgers as a volunteer assistant and a one year stint with the Boston College Eagles — literally, decades ago.
This does not mean that Jordan won’t have a chance to excel at the collegiate level. By bringing in all the knowledge he has gathered through the pros, while being a decently well known “name”, Jordan may be able to lure in some top-tier recruits to help bring the program back to some form of respectability.
Rutgers is joining the Big 10 next season. One has to assume that they wanted to make the move as soon as humanly possible, even if it was only to keep their new conference brethren happy.
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