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.
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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.