Rutgers is expected to hire Eddie Jordan as its replacement for Mike Rice as head basketball coach, sources said. Two weeks after firing Rice, the Scarlet Knights will have a new coach in place.
With interim athletic director Carl Kirschner in place after Tim Pernetti’s resignation, Rutgers continued its coaching search and was unable to attract Danny Hurley at Rhode Island. Currently an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, Jordan is a former Rutgers basketball star and head coach of the Washington Wizards.
Interest spiked on both sides late last week and carried through the weekend with Jordan flying to Rutgers to meet with the search committee. Jordan left without a deal in place but returned Wednesday evening to talk finances and finally meet with president Robert Barchi.
Jordan’s projected deal is worth approximately $6.25 million over five years according to reports by New Jersey Press Media and the Newark Star Ledger. A formal announcement is expected this afternoon after details can be finalized. The contractual details are not finalized but not expected to present sticking points in the process.
Jordan spent five years with the Wizards before working as an assistant on the Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers. He was in the mix during the last Rutgers coaching search, but passed over for Rice. Jordan is the last coach to lead the Wizards to a playoff berth, where he did so for four straight seasons.
Jordan was a key player on the famous 1976 Rutgers Final Four squad and was the East Regional MVP. He graduated from Rutgers in 1977 and spent seven years as an NBA journeyman. He coached for one year at Rutgers under Bob Wenzel, which was the last time the Scarlet Knights saw an NCAA tournament.