By Matt Sugam
Eddie Jordan will fly back from Los Angeles to New Jersey on Tuesday or Wednesday for his last round of negotiations with Rutgers officials, according to The Star-Ledger.
The discussions will come down to two things: money and contract length.
If those two obstacles can be cleared, the Lakers assistant and former Rutgers star will become Rutgers’ next head coach.
Jordan is looking for something between the $800,000 or $900,000 a year offered to Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley and the $1.7 million average that Big Ten coaches – the conference Rutgers joins in 2014 – make annually. He could also be looking for more than the standard five-year deal given the rebuilding job ahead of him following the Mike Rice fallout.
However, money seems to be the biggest hurdle, with both sides only talking in general terms about compensation and contract length.
Jordan could be officially introduced by the end of the week as long as the two sides can agree on money and contract length.
While he hasn’t been a college head coach, Jordan was the head coach of the Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards. He’s been a college assistant at Rutgers, Boston College and Old Dominion.
Jordan was on Rutgers’ 1976 Final Four team and was in the mix the last time around when former athletic director Tim Pernetti opted for Rice instead.