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New coach expected to be introduced at Rutgers

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Eddie Jordan is expected to be announced today as Rutgers new basketball coach.

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NEWARK, N.J.  — Rutgers University is set to introduce a new men’s basketball coach who will replace fired coach Mike Rice.

The school’s athletic department has scheduled a 4:30 p.m. EDT news conference today in New Brunswick following a board of governors meeting.

The board is expected to approve a five-year contract with Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan. The 58-year-old played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973-77.

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.

The scandal also forced the resignation of former athletic director Tim Pernetti and two others.

Rutgers went 15-16 last season and five Scarlet Knights have asked to leave the program.

Rutgers will join the Big Ten in 2014-15.

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