The firing line: Eddie Jordan becomes latest coach nixed by Rutgers
Rutgers head basketball coach Eddie Jordan became the latest coaching official at the state university's embattled athletics department to be fired or pushed out.
Jordan was let go Thursday following a bad season in which the team went 7-25. No replacement was announced Thursday.
But it's not all bad for Jordan: The university still owes him $2 million for the remaining two years in his contract, MyCentralJersey.com reported.
“I have decided that we need new leadership for our men’s basketball program," Rutgers Athletic Director Patrick Hobbs said in a prepared statement. "Rutgers University is deeply appreciative of Coach Jordan's efforts these past three years. He is and will always remain a valued member of the Rutgers Community."
Jordan was the 18th head coach of the team and served for the past three season. The Scarlet Knights went 7-25 this past season including a 1-17 record in the Big 10 and a 17 game losing streak.
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Jordan replaced Mike Rice as head coach in 2013 after ESPN aired a video showing numerous clips of Rice at practice firing basketballs at players, hitting them and shouting obscenities and gay slurs at players.
Athletic Director Tim Pernetti stepped down following criticism of his handling of Rice's behavior. Many fans and donors were upset with his leaving as they credited Pernetti for bringing Rutgers into Division 1 competition and the Big Ten.
Julie Hermann, brought in from Louisville to replace Pernetti, had a tumultuous term almost from the start of her tenure in 2013. A letter surfaced from members of the women's volleyball team she coached in Tennessee accusing her of coaching by humiliation, fear and emotional abuse.
Herman's eventual downfall followed controversy surrounding the football team and Coach Kyle Flood.
The head coach was suspended in the fall for three games following his inappropriate contact with a teaching assistant while standout Leonte Carroo was accused of assaulting a woman after a game, a charge that later was dismissed. Five football players, meanwhile, including one who had graduated, were accused of being involved with a series of home invasions in New Brunswick.
Flood and Hermann were fired in November after the Scarlet Knights finished below .500 and failed to make a bowl game for the first time in the past four years. Chris Ash was hired away from Ohio State to replace Flood as head football coach while Patrick Hobbs was named the new Athletic Director.