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Rutgers’ Jordan wants ‘effort and harmony’
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 23, 2013 @ 8:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jerry Carino, USA TODAY Sports
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Preaching “effort and harmony,” Eddie Jordan sought to turn the page on his first official day as Rutgers University’s 18th men’s basketball coach.
Shortly after the board of governors approved his five-year, $6.25 million contract Tuesday afternoon, Jordan entered the College Avenue Gym to chants of “Eddie, Eddie” from Rutgers fans on hand to welcome home one of the program’s greatest players.
Jordan pledged to restore integrity to a team scarred by scandal three weeks after ESPN aired a video montage of former coach Mike Rice mistreating players in practices.
“We want our guys to feel good about themselves, about their future, about their basketball team,” Jordan said to the crowd. “That is part of my responsibility, but as always it’s also part of yours because we’re all one and we all need help to regain our integrity back.”
Several current players attended the news conference and expressed support for Jordan afterward, including talented sophomores Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack. Also on hand were a half-dozen of Jordan’s teammates from Rutgers’ 1976 Final Four team, which went unbeaten in the College Avenue Gym, affectionately known as “The Barn.”
Jordan said he would keep Mike Rice’s top two assistants, David Cox and Van Macon, “for the time being” as he tackles what figures to be a difficult transition. He also outlined plans to start recruiting immediately to fill a roster that could be greatly thinned by transfers.
His remarks were interrupted by applause numerous times.
Jordan, 58, was most recently an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers but also has been an NBA head coach with three teams, the Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers.
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