New coach expected to be introduced at Rutgers

4/23/2013
ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Eddie Jordan is expected to be announced today as Rutgers new basketball coach.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

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

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.