Rutgers makes statement on Jordan as alum

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Updated: 5/10/2013 8:10 pm

Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) - Rutgers University admitted their mistake in stating their new head men's basketball coach, Eddie Jordan, was an alumnus.

The school had stated in his bio as such, and reports surfaced Friday saying he had never received his degree before Rutgers quickly issued a statement.

"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," the statement read. "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.

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 mens basketball coach, and we look forward to many winning seasons."

Jordan was officially named the new head coach on Apr. 23 after the basketball program was rocked by revelations of player abuse under predecessor Mike Rice.

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