Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) - Eddie Jordan was officially named as the new head coach of a Rutgers men's basketball program recently rocked by revelations of player abuse under predecessor Mike Rice.
Jordan, a former star player for the Scarlet Knights who owns nine years of head coaching experience at the NBA level with three different teams, was formally introduced by interim athletic director Carl Kirschner at a Wednesday press conference. Kirschner is stepping in for Tim Pernetti, who resigned from his post shortly after the disclosure of video footage that showed Rice yelling slurs while also shoving, grabbing and throwing basketballs at players.
"I have come to know Eddie Jordan as an open, honest and terrific person to lead our men's basketball program," Kirschner said. "Rutgers is very fortunate to have Eddie return to his alma mater to restore pride in the program."
Jordan, who went on to a seven-year playing career in the NBA after graduating from Rutgers in 1977, compiled a 257-343 record over nine seasons with Sacramento, Washington and Philadelphia. This will be his first entry into the collegiate ranks as a head coach, though he served two stints as an assistant at his alma mater from 1984-85 and 1988-92.
He takes over a Rutgers program that has endured six consecutive losing seasons and last reached the NCAA Tournament in 1991, and has had several players from last year's 14-18 team requesting release from their scholarships in the wake of the Rice scandal.