Posted April 13, 2013

Report: Rutgers to name Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan head coach

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Rutgers will reportedly hire Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan as their new head coach. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Rutgers will reportedly hire Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan as their new head coach. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan will be announced next week as the new Rutgers University men’s basketball coach, reports The Times of Trenton.

The report says that Jordan met with Rutgers officials Saturday evening and flew to New Jersey after the Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. The school has yet to make an official announcement on the reported hire.

Jordan will replace Mike Rice who was fired April 3 after a videotape surfaced showing him verbally and physically abusing players.

Jordan graduated from the school in 1977 and has been a head coach of three NBA teams: the Sacramento Kings, the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers. He was also an assistant coach with the Nets when they were based in New Jersey.

More from the The Times of Trenton:

He was also an assistant coach at his alma mater for five years as well as spending a year as an assistant at Boston College.

A native of Washington, D.C., Jordan has in the past year also coached an AAU team out of D.C. to a national championship and also coached the freshmen team at his high school alma mater Archbishop Carroll during the NBA strike a year ago.


5 comments
homerwilson1970
homerwilson1970

Eddie Jordan is a coaching reject and a proven loser in coaching.  Just a dumb hire but saves some face for Rutgers without an AD. This is a temp hire as Jordan cannot coach or recruit.

opaque
opaque

Jordan has proven himself to be a credible and decent, if not great, basketball coach over time, but I still wonder why so many across the media seem to view this Rutgers hire in the "no-brainer" manner that they do.  I get the guy starred on their greatest team and that nostalgia and sentiment run deep in many, often way TOO deep, but that hardly makes him the right person to place this mediocre and largely irrelevant program on firm ground nearly 40 years later.  Sorry pappy, but alluding to the fact that he's at least likely to conduct himself in a non-abusive and professional manner, unlike the pathetic and psychologically imbalanced Rice, while accurate, is hardly the real point.   I wish him luck, but smart money says five years from now he'll be back on some NBA bench organizing practices and running the Summer League squad while the Scarlet Knights will still be searching for the long-term savior to lead their men's basketball program. 

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Not a bad choice at all, though being a college coach seems to be a step down from an assistant in the nba but hey whatever nets you a head coaching gig, beats that sack of s?@t! They fired.