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Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan will earn his degree this spring

Eddie Jordan

Eddie Jordan


When Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan took the job at his alma mater two years ago, he did so without having completed his bachelor’s degree from the university. Jordan, who majored in the now defunct physical education program at Rutgers, was 11 credits short of graduating when he left the school to go play in the NBA in 1977.

After taking the Rutgers job it was determined that Jordan had even more credits to complete in order to get his degree. So the head coach went to work as a student, while also running the men’s basketball program. In a fun read from Jerry Carino of the Ashbury Park Press, Jordan goes through the rigors of being a “student-coach” as he’s taken two summer classes and one class per regular semester during his tenure as Rutgers head coach.

Barring any unforseen setbacks, Jordan is expected to graduate in May and will walk with the rest of the student population at graduation. Jordan’s degree will be in Labor Studies and Employment Relations and he’s often been seen at study hall, with his players, working on papers or projects.

Jordan also learned some computer programs like Microsoft Word and Power Point as part of his education and he’s adapted well to being a student at the school while also remaining the head coach.

There are plenty of other great anecdotes in Carino’s story, and it’s nice to see a head coach at a power conference school going through the rigors of being a student himself and earning his degree.