"While Rutgers was in error when it reported that Eddie Jordan had earned a degree from Rutgers University, neither Rutgers nor the NCAA requires a head coach to hold a baccalaureate degree," the statement said. "Eddie Jordan was a four-year letterman and was inducted into the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980. Rutgers sought Eddie for the head coach position as a target-of-opportunity hire based on his remarkable public career."
Still recovering from its last basketball blemish, there is no rule against employing a coach without a college degree.
The same goes for the NCAA in terms of prerequisites for a Division I head coach.
The NCAA mandates that coaching requirements be determined specifically by the schools. There is no NCAA rule that a coach hold a college degree, said media relations spokesperson Emily Potter.
Hired by interim athletic director Carl Kirschner and president Robert Barchi, Jordan's university bio states he earned a degree in 1977 in health and physical education. In comments made to ESPN, Jordan said he finished his studies as a volunteer assistant in 1985.
"Eddie Jordan was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2004 and he has been a part of the Rutgers family since before 1977," Rutgers said in its statement. "His athletic skills and leadership and his professional accomplishments have been a source of pride for Rutgers for more than three decades. We are excited to have him as our men's basketball coach, and we look forward to many winning seasons."