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Rutgers' Jordan doesn't have degree

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Eddie Jordan attended Rutgers as an undergraduate student.
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP)

Rutgers University's official bio of new basketball coach Eddie Jordan says he graduated from the university in 1977. But the university registrar's office says the former NBA player and coach never received a degree from Rutgers, though he earned 103 of the 110 (or more) necessary credit hours from 1973 to 1985.

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In a statement, Rutgers said "While Rutgers was in error when it reported that Eddie Jordan had earned a degree from Rutgers University, neither Rutgers nor the NCAA requires a head coach to hold a baccalaureate degree."

The degree discrepancy was first reported Friday by the sports website Deadspin.

Friday afternoon, Jordan told ESPN that he had completed the requisite work to receive a degree, but that a registration issue before he left to coach under Tom Young at Old Dominion led to the mixup.

"I went back to Rutgers in 1984-85 as a voluntary assistant to complete my studies," Jordan told the site. "I didn't walk. I didn't get a diploma because I wasn't registered right. That's it. I was 28 and didn't take care of my business. It was never an issue."

But as Yahoo! points out, a current opening for an assistant coaching position on Jordan's staff requires a bachelor's degree for consideration.

Jordan was a four-year letterman and was inducted into the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980. He was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2004.

"His athletic skills and leadership and his professional accomplishments have been a source of pride for Rutgers for more than three decades. We are excited to have him as our men’s basketball coach, and we look forward to many winning seasons," Rutgers said in its statement.

Jordan was hired last month to replace Mike Rice, who was fired after video was made public showing him kicking and shoving players and yelling obscenities and anti-gay slurs at them. Two university administrators resigned over the scandal.

FOXSports.com's Sam Gardner contributed to this story.

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