Rutgers reportedly fired Jordan on Thursday following his team's loss in the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday night in Indianapolis.
The Scarlet Knights have had a miserable showing in their first two seasons in the Big Ten, winning just three of the 36 regular-season conference games they've played.
Jordan led the Rutgers program for just three seasons, posting a 29-67 record in one season as a member of the American Athletic Conference and two in the Big Ten.
Jordan played at Rutgers from 1973 to 1977 and was an assistant there from 1988 to 1991. He had three head-coaching stints in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers.
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After Wednesday's loss to Nebraska, Jordan didn't want to talk about his job status, but he did talk about the optimism he had for the future of the program.
"All I know is we had growing pains," Jordan said. "And I told the team in the locker room, growing pains leads to positive gains for them in the near future. And they understand — 'they' being the young core group that we have — the physicality of the league, how to play in this league and how to play basketball, period, how to help your teammate. A lot of thing that young players — you have to almost break bad habits before they become executing good habits on a consistent basis. But it's fun working with them. They were energetic, they were wide-eyed, they wanted to learn, they wanted to get better. They had faith in me.
"In the immediate future, I think that in the spring everybody is ready to go with our spring workouts. And that will be a tremendous, tremendous different sort of team. I mean, Deshawn Freeman was the first team JUCO All-American. He averaged 15.5 points, almost seven rebounds for us for seven games. He was our best player. Nigel Johnson comes off of sitting out a year. He's one of the best guards I've ever seen. He's probably our best player that didn't play this year. So our future looks really bright in the immediate future, not two years down the line, but by the summer."