Jordan reaches agreement to coach Rutgers

April 19, 2013

Rutgers is turning to one of its greatest players to lead the basketball program past an embarrassing coaching scandal and into its future with the Big Ten Conference.

Former Washington Wizards head coach and current Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan reportedly has reached a tentative agreement on a five-year deal to take over as coach of the scandal-marred program.

The agreement comes just more than two weeks after Rutgers fired Mike Rice after a video was aired that showed him grabbing and kicking players at practice, and using anti-gay slurs. Athletic director Tim Pernetti, a university lawyer and assistant coach Jimmy Martelli also resigned amid the scandal.

After starring at Archbishop Carroll in the District, Jordan played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973 to ’77, and was the point guard on the team that went to the Final Four in 1976. Jordan, still the school’s career leader in assists and steals, interviewed for the head coaching position in 2010, as well, when Rice eventually landed the job.

Jordan, 58, takes over a team that went 15-16 this past season. He has been a head coach in the NBA with Sacramento, Washington and Philadelphia, with a 257-343 career record. . . .
 Maryland has reached an agreement to host Oregon State at Comcast Center next season, an individual with knowledge of the situation said. The date and time of the matchup currently are undecided.
 Terrapins Athletic Director Kevin Anderson was the assistant athletic director at Oregon State from 2002 to ’04.
 Scheduling Oregon State represents an effort to book more power-conference opponents, including a season-opening matchup at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center against Connecticut.

— Alex Prewitt

Tennis

Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 44 matches by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-2, 6-4, but second-ranked Andy Murray was routed, 6-1, 6-2, by Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic put his sore right ankle to the test again, rallying from a set down for the second straight match to beat Juan Monaco, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Djokovic’s quarterfinal opponent will be Jarkko Nieminen, who edged fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4).

Murray dropped serve five times and made a number of unforced errors, lasting less than an hour against the 13th-seeded Wawrinka, who had won their two previous meetings on clay.

Nadal ousted Kohlschreiber without facing a single break point and will face Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals.

Sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also advanced, but fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych fell, 6-4, 6-2, to Fabio Fognini.

Pro Football

 Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore was arrested on a simple battery charge Thursday. Fulton County jail records showed Moore remained in custody Thursday night. No details of the arrest were available.
 Moore, a Pro Bowl alternate in 2012 and a free agent after the season, agreed last month to a five-year, $32 million deal to re-sign with the Falcons. . . .
 Bob Yates Jr., a former Syracuse offensive lineman who played for the Boston Patriots in their first six seasons, died Tuesday at his home in Spring Branch, Texas. He was 74.
 Yates helped lead Syracuse to the 1959 national championship and played 68 games for the Patriots from 1960 to ’65.

Misc.

 The Los Angeles Kings activated defenseman Matt Greene, who hurt his back in the defending Stanley Cup champions’ season opener on Jan 19 and missed 42 games. He has returned to practice in recent weeks. . . .
 The Minnesota Wild is moving its American Hockey League affiliate to Des Moines after being unable to agree on terms of a new arena lease at the Toyota Center in Houston. . . .
 Rangers center Brian Boyle missed New York’s game against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night with a right leg injury. . . .
Julius Menendez, who coached Muhammad Ali to the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics, died on Sunday in Gilroy, Calif., two days before his 91st birthday.
 Menendez was the head boxing coach for the United States in the 1960 Olympics in Rome when Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, won the light heavyweight division.

— From news services and staff reports

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