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Wednesday / November 30.
  • Jordan Out of Mix at Rutgers

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    Eddie Jordan is out of the mix at Rutgers.

    The former Rutgers star and Philadelphia 76ers head coach withdrew his name from consideration on Tuesday.

    The news was first reported by Gannett New Jersey and confirmed by a team source.

    “Word is Jordan backed out,” the team source said.

    A second source close to the 76ers indicated Jordan wanted to keep his NBA options open. With several job openings looming, Jordan hopes to remain in the pros.

    “With the climate around the league, there’s potentially a lot of jobs going to be open in the NBA,” the 76ers source said.

    Jordan was the point guard on the 1976 Rutgers Final Four team and also served as a volunteer assistant and an assistant at his alma mater. He had been endorsed by Phil “The Thrill” Sellers, the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in program history.

    Fran Fraschilla, Mike Rice, Fran Dunphy and Al Skinner remain options at Rutgers.

    Fraschilla, the former St. John’s and Manhattan coach, has long been considered a favorite.

    Rice, the Robert Morris coach, has the endorsement of Hall of Famer Bob Hurley and Hoop Group president Rob Kennedy.

    Hurley also supports Dunphy, but it is believed unlikely that that the Temple coach will take the job.

    Gannett reported that Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski called Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti on behalf of Skinner, who was fired at Boston College March 30 after 13 seasons in which he went 247-165.

    Dayton coach Brian Gregory is on record saying he will not leave that school.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.