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Rutgers to Hire Basketball Coach 20 Days After Firing Mike Rice

April 23, 2013

Rutgers University will introduce its next men’s basketball coach today at a news conference.

Eddie Jordan, a Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach and a former Scarlet Knights player, has agreed to take the job, according to the Star-Ledger of Newark.

The hiring will come 20 days after Mike Rice was fired for physically and verbally abusing players in a scandal that also cost Athletic Director Tim Pernetti his job.

Jordan, who played for New Brunswick, New Jersey-based Rutgers from 1973-77, agreed to coach the Scarlet Knights on April 19. The move wasn’t official until the school’s board of governors met to approve the hiring, the Star-Ledger reported.

Rice was fired three months after being fined $50,000 and suspended for three games by Pernetti based on video that showed him hurling basketballs, profanities and gay slurs at his players during practices from 2010-12.

The video was aired by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” program on April 2, leading to Rice’s firing the following day, Pernetti’s resignation on April 5 and calls for school president Robert Barchi to step down as well.

Jordan has been a National Basketball Association head coach for the Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers. He became a Lakers assistant in 2012.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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