Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan will sign a deal Friday to become the new head coach at Rutgers, he confirmed to ESPN senior college basketball writer Andy Katz.
The agreement comes just more than two weeks following Rutgers’ firing of Mike Rice after a video was aired that showed him grabbing and kicking players at practice and using anti-gay slurs. Jordan will receive a five-year contract, a source told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. The Star-Ledger reported that Jordan’s deal is worth more than $1 million per year.
Eddie Jordan has reached an agreement with Rutgers to be the Scarlet Knights’ next basketball coach, though no official announcement from the school is forthcoming in the immediate future.
The former Rutgers star guard, currently a Los Angeles Lakers assistant, spent the morning putting the finishing touches on a deal to replace Mike Rice, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
The person requested anonymity because the deal had not yet been finalized nor formally approved by university president Robert Barchi or lawyers for both sides.
Details of the agreement were not immediately available, though the person confirmed it was a five-year deal in excess of $1 million a year — which would make Jordan the highest-paid men’s coach in school history..