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Eddie Jordan, brought in to stabilize Rutgers, dismissed following 7-25 season

Rutgers has parted ways with Eddie Jordan after three seasons, the school announced Thursday.

Jordan, 61, took over the program in 2013 after the firing of Mike Rice. Rice was with the Scarlet Knights for three seasons before ESPN's Outside the Lines aired footage of him verbally abusing and throwing balls at his players during practices.

"I have decided that we need new leadership for our men's basketball program," athletic director Patrick Hobbs said in a statement. "Rutgers University is deeply appreciative of Coach Jordan's efforts these past three years. He is and will always remain a valued member of the Rutgers Community."

Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley, when asked about his potential interest in the Scarlet Knights job, was dismissive of the idea Thursday after his team's loss to Massachusetts in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

"I'm not going to dishonor a group of guys or myself or my staff that have battled through an incredible season by responding to some social media speculation that's out there," Hurley said, according to NJ.com. "It dishonors the efforts of too many people and the things we accomplished this year."

Hurley previously served as an assistant coach at Rutgers from 1997 to 2001.

Jordan coached one season in the American Athletic Conference and two seasons in the Big Ten. He was 29-68 overall after the Scarlet Knights struggled to a 7-25 record in 2015-16. They finished last in the Big Ten, winning just one conference game.

He signed a six-year contract when he accepted the job.

Jordan was a longtime NBA player and coach, playing for five professional franchises during his seven-year career. He served as coach with the Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings, spending time as an assistant coach on the staffs of the Kings, New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Lakers. He was also an assistant coach at Boston College and Rutgers, where he played from 1973 to 1977.