Assistant coach Eddie Jordan is apparently close to an agreement with Rutgers to replace Mike Rice as their head coach; the Associated Press initially reported this.
Jordan played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973-77, and he would be a perfect fit for what the University needs to move on from the embarassment that was the Mike Rice era. Video was recently released of Rice using homophobic slurs against his players and physically abusing them by throwing basketballs at his players’ heads and bodies.
Rice was fired a day after the video aired on ESPN, and Athletic director Tim Pernetti resignation followed quickly.
Jordan was a better coach than people gave him credit for and I highly enjoyed his time as the coach in Washington. He coached their version of the big three (Antawn Jamison, Gilbert Arenas, and Caron Butler) to the playoffs many years in a row. He was even the head coach of the All Star team one year. That team didn’t really have the right type of horses to run in the playoffs, but they generally overachieved every year. That success can largely be traced back to the head coach.
It will be interesting to see if Jordan runs the Princeton offense with the Scarlet Knights, and you can bet that I will keep an eye on how Rutgers improves next year under Jordan’s tenure.