Rutgers needs a new basketball coach after athletic director Pat Hobbs fired Eddie Jordan Thursday, less than 24 hours after the end of a painful 7-25 season for the Scarlet Knights, sources said.
Hobbs confirmed the decision in a subsequent statement, where he took personal charge of the situation.
"I have decided that we need new leadership for our men’s basketball program,” Hobbs said in a statement. “Rutgers University is deeply appreciative of coach Jordan's efforts these past three years. He is and will always remain a valued member of the Rutgers community.”
Jordan, who received his Rutgers degree during his three-year sting as head coach, led Rutgers to the longest losing streak in program history at 17 games, as well as an embarrassing 1-17 performance in Big Ten play.
A national search is underway after Hobbs made the move hours after the team returned from Indianapolis to New Jersey.
Rutgers owes Jordan, who had two years left on his original deal signed April 23, 2013, $2 million on his way out of the program. After the worst record in the last 60 years of Rutgers basketball history, Jordan's career as Scarlet Knight head coach ends with a 29-68 record and three Big Ten wins in two seasons.
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