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Rutgers admits Eddie Jordan never graduated

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07:45 AM ET 05.11 | New Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan, described many times as a graduate of the school, never actually earned a degree from the New Jersey university, according to a report by Deadspin. Jordan, the former head coach of three NBA teams, was hired last month to replace the disgraced Mike Rice, who was fired for verbally and physically abusing players during practice, actions that were caught on a video that eventually went viral. On many occasions, Jordan was said to be an "alum" or "grad" of Rutgers and that the school was his "alma mater." But the Rutgers registrar told Deadspin that Jordan never actually graduated. "He did not receive a degree from us," an official said. Having a college degree is not a requirement to be a coach in the NCAA. "Those standards are established by the schools that are doing the hiring, not the NCAA," an NCAA spokesperson told NJ.com. In a statement Friday, Rutgers admitted being in error when it claimed Jordan had earned a degree, but said it won't affect his job status since "neither Rutgers nor the NCAA requires a head coach to hold a baccalaureate degree." "His athletic skills and leadership and his professional accomplishments have been a source of pride for Rutgers for more than three decades," Jordan said. "We are excited to have him as our men's basketball coach, and we look forward to many winning seasons."

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May 11, 2013  09:00 AM ET

He might be better off in college than the NBA.

May 11, 2013  09:25 AM ET

"neither Rutgers nor the NCAA requires a head coach to hold a baccalaureate degree."

Then why should the athletes get one? What a fine example to set.

May 11, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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"neither Rutgers nor the NCAA requires a head coach to hold a baccalaureate degree."Then why should the athletes get one? What a fine example to set.

Yeah. Do as I say, not as I do.

May 11, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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Yeah. Do as I say, not as I do.

Yeah, no one cares about degrees anymore. Winning is all that matters. We don't need no sinking degrees.

May 11, 2013  09:59 AM ET

What Else Are You Lying About, Bro?

May 11, 2013  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Yeah. Do as I say, not as I do.

Not sure college coaches, particularly men's basketball coaches, tell their kids to stay in school and get a degree anymore.

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May 11, 2013  11:06 AM ET

Most academic positions require a "terminal degree" or equivalent. The "equivalent" is difficult to establish but not impossible. You may have been taught by a professor without a Ph.D. for example.

The question here seems to be whether anyone lied. If there was reference to Jordan being a "former student," this does not say he graduated but might be interpreted by some as implying it.

May 11, 2013  12:01 PM ET
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InARutGers

LMAO

May 11, 2013  12:26 PM ET

Nice pic of Eddie as described what he likes best in a woman.

May 11, 2013  12:28 PM ET

But he frequents Holiday Inn Express and he has a Rutgers' Certificate of Participation on his fridge.

May 11, 2013  02:23 PM ET
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Nice pic of Eddie as described what he likes best in a woman.

And given the positions EJ's indicating, they must've been "spectacular!"

Whomever picked Eddie's pic here seems as non-qualified as does the Rutgers gem who vetted-out his resume / records in the pre-hire, application process, the higher-up who may've been made aware of the non-degree status but chose to look the other way or even the applicant (EJ) who might've failed to 'complete' the form. Given Rutgers recent poor history on the employment front (Rice & related persons), a simple admittance of "being in error (NYP)" doesn't suffice here.

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May 11, 2013  04:56 PM ET

he should keep his job but the president shpuld be gone, twice he is involve. rutgers and the state politicians are nothing more than a joke.

May 11, 2013  07:39 PM ET
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It would probably be a nice gesture if he actually finished his degree there while being the basketball coach. It sure wouldn't hurt him to have his degree but it's obviously not pertinent to being successful.

It's like not reading the last chapter of a book.......just finish it.

May 11, 2013  09:09 PM ET
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It would probably be a nice gesture if he actually finished his degree there while being the basketball coach. It sure wouldn't hurt him to have his degree but it's obviously not pertinent to being successful.

Its not like he doesn't have the money to do it.. maybe Rutgers could throw that in as a perk

May 12, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Thanks for joining the B1G Rutgers. @*%^/

O'Leary was fired for lying about such status; what to do to a school that does such?

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