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Newark, N.J. • Rutgers is set to introduce Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan as the new coach of the Scarlet Knights' scandal-marred basketball program. On Monday, the athletic department announced a basketball press conference for Tuesday afternoon where Jordan is expected to be introduced.
The university's board of governors will meet earlier in the afternoon to sign off on the five-year contract that Jordan reached last week. The official hiring will come 20 days after Mike Rice was fired after a video showed him grabbing and throwing a ball at players, and uttering anti-gay slurs during practices across his three seasons.
Jordan, 58, played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973-77. He has been a head coach in the NBA with Sacramento, Washington and Philadelphia, posting a 257-343 record. He played in the NBA from 1977-84, winning a championship with the Lakers in 1982.