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Rutgers announces firing of men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan

Did anyone not see this coming? After getting the final beatdown of what can only be described as the most dreadful season in Big Ten history, Rutgers University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Patrick Hobbs, announced the dismissal of Eddie Jordan as men’s basketball head coach.

“I have decided that we need new leadership for our men’s basketball program,” said Hobbs. “Rutgers University is deeply appreciative of Coach Jordan’s efforts these past three years. He is and will always remain a valued member of the Rutgers Community.”

Rutgers was downed 89-72 in a first round Big Ten tournament matchup with Nebraska on Wednesday night, finishing the season at 1-18 against conference foes. In Jordan’s final season, Rutgers finished with an overall record of 7-25 this season. He compiled an overall record of just 29-68 in his three years at the helm of Rutgers’ program. 

The tell-tale sign that things weren’t working is the continued decline in record during conference play during Jordan’s tenure in Piscataway, New Jersey. He directed RU to a 5-13 conference mark in The American in 2013-14, before leading Rutgers to 2-16 and 1-17 league marks in the Big Ten in 2014-15 and 2015-16, respectively. 

No doubt that Jordan came in to a virtual no-win situation, with a roster depleted by graduations, transfers and suspensions. He also faced the aftermath of the scandal involving former head coach Mike Rice.

Still, wins and losses matter and in the ultra-competitive Big Ten, there were few signs of any improvement at all in the wins category.

Rutgers will begin a national search for a new head coach, and with Patrick Hobbs in place as AD this could get really interesting. In bringing in a new football head coach, Hobbs made a significant financial upgrade for the program.

Could the same be in the offing for his next hire? With a new football and men’s basketball head coach in the same academic year, Hobbs’ career will be tied to his decisions on replacements.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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