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Eddie Jordan hired as Rutgers men's basketball coach

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Rutgers University is set to introduce a new men's basketball coach who will replace fired coach Mike Rice.

The school's athletic department has scheduled a 4:30 p.m. EDT news conference Tuesday in New Brunswick following a board of governors meeting.

The board is expected to approve a five-year contract with Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan. The 58-year-old played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973-77.

Jordan also served as the head coach of the Washington Wizards between 2003 and 2008. He led the franchise to its most recent playoff appearance after the 2007-08 season.

Rice was fired after a video showed him grabbing and throwing a ball at players, and uttering anti-gay slurs during practices across his three seasons.

The scandal also forced the resignation of former athletic director Tim Pernetti and two others.

Rutgers went 15-16 last season and five Scarlet Knights have asked to leave the program.

Rutgers will join the Big Ten in 2014-15.

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