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“Jordan made it clear that rebuilding the program was only part of his mission. "It's not just healing, not just building relationships. It's not just getting the program back, but winning is always in the equation," he said. "There's some healing that has to be done. But we have enough talent to exceed expectations." Rice was fired this month after a video showed him grabbing and throwing a ball at players, and uttering anti-gay slurs during practices. Pernetti and two others connected to the program resigned. Rutgers will pay Jordan a guaranteed $6.25 million over five years, the school announced. "Without question Eddie Jordan is part of our basketball program's most cherished memories, and he is here now to help us make a bright future for the Scarlet Knights," Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. "He is passionate about basketball and committed to winning, yet he also knows our university's values and our commitment to promoting an atmosphere of respect and dignity for everyone." Rutgers went 15-16 last season and five players have asked to leave the program. The school will join the Big Ten for the 2014-15 season.
We have to regain our pride and our dignity and our integrity for our university. I'm honored and proud to be part of that.” -- New Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan