Eddie Jordan reportedly agrees in principle to coach Rutgers

Thursday April 18th, 2013

Eddie Jordan will reportedly coach Rutgers next season. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Eddie Jordan will reportedly coach Rutgers next season. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Former Rutgers point guard Eddie Jordan has reportedly agreed in principle to coach the men's basketball team at the school next season, according to a report Thursday afternoon from Keith Sargeant of USA Today Sports.

According to Sargeant, the deal is somewhere in the ballpark of five years and $6.25 million but needs to be approved by the school's Board of Governors before it becomes official. Once finalized, Jordan, most recently an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, would become the Scarlet Knights' 18th basketball coach in the history of the school, marking nearly four decades since he led the team as a player to the 1976 Final Four.

The school had been searching for a replacement to Mike Rice, who was let go at the beginning of April amid footage that had surfaced of him physically and verbally abusing his players on several occasions during practice. Jordan, who won an NBA championship in 1982 as a player on the Lakers, had previously served as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers.

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