Rutgers associate head coach Cox fired

Rutgers associate head coach Cox fired

Published Mar. 14, 2014 9:21 p.m. ET

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Eddie Jordan had already started reshaping his staff for his second season at Rutgers.

Less than 24 hours after the Scarlet Knights were embarrassed in a season-ending 61-point loss to Louisville, Jordan fired associate head coach David Cox.

The move was announced Friday night after the team returned from the American Athletic Conference tournament in Memphis, Tenn. Rutgers finished the season with a 12-21 record, including a 5-13 mark in conference play.

The Scarlet Knights will join the Big Ten next season.


Cox was one of two assistants who Jordan retained after being hired to replace Mike Rice, who was fired in the wake of scandal stemming from his abusive action in practice during his tenure.

''David is a good man and a good coach,'' Jordan said in a statement. ''We wish him nothing but the best moving forward. We are very busy assessing the program, head to toe, starting with me. This will be an ongoing process as we prepare for Big Ten membership.''

Cox, who was hired In 2010, served as Rutgers interim coach when Rice served a three-game suspension stemming from his actions last season.

Rice's firing following a scandal stemming from his behavior on practice tapes which became public.