Jordan takes helm at Rutgers, under five-year, $6.25 million deal wire reports
A Rutgers fan greets Jordan as the new coach arrives to take over the program. (AP)
A Rutgers fan greets Jordan as the new coach arrives to take over the program. (AP)

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Rutgers has officially announced Eddie Jordan will replace fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice.

The school announced the hiring of Jordan on Tuesday, introducing him at a news conference.

Rutgers will pay Jordan a guaranteed $6.25 million over five years. The 58-year-old played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973-77 and was a member of Rutgers' Final Four team in 1976. Most recently he's been an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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

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

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

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