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Rutgers Is In The News Again, Still Not Good


Over a month ago, the Rutgers men’s basketball team made national news when videotapes of head coach Mike Rice verbally abusing his players and beaning them with basketballs on a regular basis made it to ESPN’s Outside The Lines, eventually leading to Rice’s dismissal from the school. After that ordeal, Rutgers looked to Rutgers alum and former Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan to fill the head coaching position. The hire generated much less news than Rice’s firing did, but less then a few weeks into the Jordan Era at Rutgers, they are once again the center of controversy. 


Deadspin reported yesterday that Rutgers’ definition of alum was a very loose one, and that Eddie Jordan had in fact NOT graduated from the University in 1977 like his website bio declared. The Rutgers athletic website declared that Jordan  “earned All-America honors as a senior in 1977 before earning a degree in health and physical education”. Jordan claims that he returned as a voluntary assistant in 1984-85 and completed his course work but did not walk in graduation or receive a diploma because he “wasn’t registered right” at the time, but maintains that he had completed all his course work towards graduation.

Why is this news you may ask? Well, many schools in the NCAA require a bachelor’s degree to become the head coach, but based off the statement Rutgers issued last night, they do not seem to be one of them.


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. Eddie Jordan was a four-year letterman and was inducted into the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980. Rutgers sought Eddie for the head coach position as a target-of-opportunity hire based on his remarkable public career.

Eddie Jordan was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2004 and he has been a part of the Rutgers family since before 1977.

His athletic skills and leadership and his professional accomplishments have been a source of pride for Rutgers for more than three decades. We are excited to have him as our men’s basketball coach, and we look forward to many winning seasons.


However, recent job postings from the Rutgers athletic department, including one for an ASSISTANT coaching position on Jordan’s staff lists a bachelor’s degree as a requirement for the job. Awkward. What say you? Is this all being blown out of proportion, or did Rutgers manipulate their own rules to get the coach they wanted? 

Article written by Will Totten

Born in Indiana and raised in Louisville, I am the unlikeliest UK fan.

17 Comments for Rutgers Is In The News Again, Still Not Good

  1. Ich Heisse Neil
    12:48 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Meh. Who cares whether he graduated or not. If they wanted to hire the President of the Universities grandson they should be able to do it.

  2. afidler
    12:54 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Non-controversy. Whether he has a degree or not and whether Rutgers actually does or does not require a degree, it doesn’t matter.

    They picked a coach to coach basketball. A degree in marketing or english is completely useless for that.

  3. Blue Virus
    12:56 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    From Tylers epic post to this garbage. Back to reality.

  4. Degree
    12:57 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Seems that if the Assistant Coach needs a degree, then for sure the Head Coach should need a degree. Strange rules.

  5. VinnyCent
    12:57 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    This isnt even news.

  6. Larry
    1:04 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds like he was close on finishing his requirements. My problem is just him lying about it. I have no issue with him getting the job if he’s good enough. There are plenty of people out there that are good candidates without one. But it does help land your first job.

  7. Dean
    1:09 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Wonder why the rules aren’t the same across the board whether it is a head coach or an assistant coach they are hiring. Is this unfair hiring practices?

  8. clint
    1:15 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    WHO CARES? I don’t!!!

  9. Bobbum man
    1:19 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Wow who freaking cares? If rather see a bachelor update from fairy boy fleener

  10. FreedomOfSpeech
    1:37 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Personally, I don’t give a crap either about Rutgers anything, but since something was posted on here about it, I think people are allowed to have their opinion.

  11. Will Totten
    1:38 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    FWIW I agree it’s not a big deal. Slow news day, trying to not be completely redundant

  12. Oogie
    1:44 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Universities manipulate rules all the time to give special treatment to certain types of employees – coaches, faculty who bring in a lot of research dollars, etc.

  13. Dean Tooley
    1:47 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Obama will fix it and make it good for everyone. Obama Care for America!!!!!

  14. Shaffer
    1:55 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Alumi refers to anyone who attends or is currently attending. Therefore he is an alumnus of Rutgers. Non-story. Has already coached at a higher level. Just award him an honorary degree

  15. Political Correctness
    2:11 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah but damn, he got 100pts from equal employee opportunity and from being black. Who gives a damn if he ain’t educated?

  16. Bobbum man
    2:36 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    11- touché…. Atleast you didn’t post some meaningless wiggins stuff

  17. catdaddyd
    2:40 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    George O Leary was fired from Notre Dame for saying he had a degree. I think Kenny Payne went back to school to get his degree, so he could coach.