By David Cruz
The Rutgers Board of Governors met by conference call today to finalize a decision they hope closes out one of the most tumultuous periods in university history. Less than a month after they fired head basketball coach Mike Rice for abusive behavior towards his players and after a series of high level resignations that followed in the days after, the university formally introduced a man they hope brings order to the chaos — Rutgers alumnus Eddie Jordan.
“Today is about the future of Rutgers basketball and we’re moving forward. There’s some healing process that has to be done,” said Jordan. “I’m glad my team is here. We’ve got enough talent to exceed expectations and we want our guys to feel good about themselves about their future, about their basketball team.”
Jordan will make $1 million a year over the next five years and has the unenviable task of rebuilding a program rocked by scandal and facing the defections of at least five players. He’s currently in an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers. While Jordan has been a head coach with three NBA teams, he had his most high profile success as an assistant with the New Jersey Nets, helping the Nets to the NBA Finals in back-to-back years in 2002 and 2003.