Rutgers Staying By Jordan

Following a Friday afternoon Deadspin report stating that newly hired Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan does not have a degree from the program, ScarletReport.com has more information on the developing story including a statement from Rutgers University.

Newly hired basketball coach Eddie Jordan never received his degree from Rutgers University. Following Deadspin's report that Eddie Jordan does not have a Rutgers degree, Rutgers released a statement confirming the report. Rutgers was "in error" in calling Jordan a Rutgers graduate.

"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."


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