Rutgers coaching search: Eddie Jordan reportedly offered position

Stephen Dunn

Could Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan be the next coach of the Rutgers basketball program? The school has reportedly offered Jordan the job.

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan has been offered the head coaching job at Rutgers and the two sides are discussing the structure of a potential deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Jordan played for Rutgers in the mid-70s and helped lead the Scarlet Knights to a Final Four appearance in 1976. Then he returned to start his coaching career at Rutgers as a volunteer assistant under Tom Young in 1984, after he finished his playing career in the NBA.

Jordan is a proponent of the Princeton Offense -- a scheme predicated on constant motion, backdoor cuts, and wing or high-post entries as common points of initiation. He has coached the Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers, and amassed a .428 winning percentage (257-343) over nine seasons.

Rutgers had initially pursued Pistons coach Lawrence Frank and Rhode Island head coach Danny Hurley as potential replacements for Mike Rice, but both candidates backed out from consideration. Hurley was reportedly offered a $5 million deal from Rutgers and turned it down to sign an extension at Rhode Island. Frank noted that he liked his position with the Pistons and intended to play out the final year of his deal in the NBA.

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