Rutgers officially announces Jordan as new head coach in wake of Rice scandal
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Rutgers has officially announced Eddie Jordan will replace fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice.
The school announced the hiring of Jordan on Tuesday, introducing him at a news conference.
Rutgers will pay Jordan a guaranteed $6.25 million during the next five years. Jordan, 58, played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973-77 and was a member of Rutgers' Final Four team in 1976. Most recently, he's been an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Rice was fired after a video showed him grabbing and throwing a ball at players, and uttering anti-gay slurs during practices.
The scandal also forced the resignation of athletic director Tim Pernetti and two others.
Rutgers went 15-16 last season and five players have asked to leave the program.