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Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan has no degree
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 10, 2013 @ 5:08 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
New Rutgers men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan signed a five-year, $6.25 million contract to replace embattled and fired coach Mike Rice back in April.
Jordan’s background as an NBA coach and alum of the school forecasted little, if any controversy with him on the Rutgers sidelines.
That changed Friday.
Jordan, a former star player for the Scarlet Knights in the 1970s, said upon his hiring that Rutgers is “a great place to be. It’s a great degree.”
However, Jordan has not received his degree from the school, an official from the Rutgers Registrar’s office confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Friday afternoon. Deadspin first reported Jordan’s lack of a degree.
The athletic department is not incorrect in calling Jordan an “alum” because regardless of degree, if you attend a university, that title is adequate by definition. Being an alumnus or alumna of a particular school does mean that you attended said school. It doesn’t necessarily mean you graduated. Technically, one can be an alumnus of two schools without a degree.
Jordan’s bio on the school’s website, however, is incorrect.
RU’s all-time leader in both assists (585) and steals (220), “Fast Eddie” scored 1,632 career points and earned honorable mention All-American honors as a senior in 1977 before earning a degree in health and physical education.
According to Jordan’s transcript, he went on to take additional classes in 1978, 1981 and 1985 after attending the school for an undergraduate degree from 1973-77.
Rice was fired in April after video footage surfaced of the coach physically abusing players. Athletic director Tim Pernetti resigned a few days later.
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