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Report: Jordan close to taking Rutgers job

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Former Rutgers great Eddie Jordan is on the verge of returning to the school to become head coach.

Yahoo Sports was first to report Jordan, an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, was negotiating a contract to take over the Scarlet Knights.

Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley, who was a former Scarlet Knights assistant coach, told Rutgers that he will return to Rhode Island for a second season.

Rutgers is attempting to fill its men's basketball coaching position that became vacant last week when Mike Rice was fired. He was let go after three seasons when video of physical and verbal abuse of his players in practices came to light. He originally was suspended three games in December, but reaction to the video becoming public caused Rutgers officials to change their mind.

Five players have been transferred in the past year.

Jordan and La Salle coach John Giannini were considered the favorites, along with Hurley, to be hired. Assistant coach David Cox is currently running the program.

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