Sources: Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan engaged in serious talks to become Rutgers' next head coach

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan is engaged in serious talks with Rutgers University about becoming the embattled basketball program's next head coach, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

In the aftermath of the scandal surrounding former coaches physically abusing players in practices, Rutgers offered Jordan the job after University of Rhode Island coach Danny Hurley turned down an offer from the school earlier this week, sources said.

Jordan will meet with Rutgers officials face-to-face, sources said, this weekend to try to finalize an agreement.

A Rutgers alumnus, Jordan played for the school's 1976 Final Four team and has strong backing from influential alumni and trustees, including NBA commissioner David Stern.

Jordan, an early proponent of the Princeton offense in the NBA, is considered an innovative mind with a charismatic presence.

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Jordan has coached Sacramento, Washington and Philadelphia in the NBA, and had a brief career as a college assistant that included stops at Rutgers, Old Dominion and Boston College in the 1980's.

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