Jordan Receives Board Approval

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Eddie Jordan became the head Rutgers basketball coach today following Board of Governor's approval regarding his contract. Jordan and Rutgers reached a five-year agreement Friday to replace Mike Rice as the leader of the program.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Eddie Jordan's rein as Rutgers head coach officially begins following Tuesday afternoon's Board of Governor's approval regarding his contract.

Signing a five-year deal worth $6.25 million, Jordan takes over the program he once led to a Final Four appearance.

Jordan will be formally announced by Rutgers shortly at the College Avenue Gymnasium.

Jordan takes over the program three weeks after Mike Rice was fired because of severe practice misconduct. Following Tim Pernetti's resignation, interim athletic director Carl Kirschner and associate athletic director Doug Fillis led the coaching search.

Already meeting with players, Jordan will be hard-pressed to keep as much of the roster together as possible with an exodus expected. Rutgers granted letters of release to Vincent Garrett, Eli Carter, Jerome Seagears, Mike Poole and Malick Kone before Jordan took over. Though none of the five have formalized transfer plans, all are in the process of exploring options away from the program.

Jordan is a former Washington Wizards head coach and led the program to four straight playoff appearances with star players Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler. An assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers this season, Jordan has more than 20 years of NBA coaching experience.

At Rutgers, Jordan was a star guard for the legendary 1976 Final Four team alongside fellow Rutgers greats Phil Sellers, Mike Dabney and Hollis Copeland. Jordan remains the all-time assists leader in program history.


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