New Rutgers Coach Doesn't Have Degree, As Bio Claimed

In a biography on the school's website, it says Eddie Jordan graduated from Rutgers. That is not true

Friday, May 10, 2013  |  Updated 10:13 PM EDT
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New Rutgers Coach Doesn't Have Degree, As Bio Claimed

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Rutgers University's official bio of new basketball coach Eddie Jordan says he graduated from the university in 1977.
 
But the university registrar's office says the former NBA player and coach never received a degree from Rutgers, though he earned 103 credit hours from 1973 to 1985.

The degree discrepancy was first reported Friday by the sports website Deadspin.

Jordan was hired last month to replace Mike Rice.

 Rice 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.

Rutgers University released a statement tonight, saying it was in error when it reported that Jordan had earned a degree from Rutgers, but went on to say that the NCAA does not require a head coach to hold a 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.

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