Recently hired Rutgers basketball coach Eddie Jordan is not a graduate of the university, contrary to what school officials had claimed. It is another embarrassment for an athletic program smarting from the regime of previous coach Mike Rice, who was fired last month. Meanwhile, in an interview, Jordan told ESPN he completed the work for...
Jordan doesn’t have diploma,
contrary to claims by Rutgers
Recently hired Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan is not a graduate of the university, contrary to what school officials had claimed — another embarrassment for an athletic program still smarting from incidents that led to the firing of previous coach Mike Rice.
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The 58-year-old Jordan’s biography on the athletic department’s website said he earned a degree in health and physical education in 1977. But the registrar’s office at the university reported the former NBA player and coach never graduated from Rutgers, though he earned 103 credit hours from 1973 to 1985.
The degree discrepancy was first reported Friday by the sports website Deadspin, resulting in an admission of error from Rutgers later in the day.
A statement released by the athletic communications office said: “While Rutgers was in error when it reported that Eddie Jordan had earned a degree from Rutgers University, neither Rutgers nor the NCAA requires a head coach to hold a baccalaureate degree.”
A second statement also defended Jordan.
“His athletic skills and leadership and his professional accomplishments have been a source of pride for Rutgers for more than three decades,” it said. “We are excited to have him as our men’s basketball coach, and we look forward to many winning seasons.”
Jordan was hired last month to replace Rice, who was fired after video was made public showing him kicking and shoving players and yelling obscenities and anti-gay slurs at them. Two university administrators resigned over the scandal.
In an interview with ESPN, Jordan said he failed to get his diploma when he did not register properly, but maintained he completed his degree after his NBA career ended.
“Some of the professors are still around and some are gone but they all know I was in class and did my work,” Jordan said. “There was arrogance on my part when I was told I didn’t register right and then I left to (coach at) Old Dominion. I was told my classes were never recorded.
“I saw a transcript. I will have to find it. I was there and I completed the work.”
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