Thursday, April 18, 2013
Jordan to keep top assistants?
By Nic Reiner
Current L.A. Lakers' assistant coach Eddie Jordan will be the newest head coach of Rutgers and will likely be introduced as such on Friday, reported the Newark Star-Ledger. In an important development, it appears Jordan will be keeping on staff associate head coach (and current interim head coach) David Cox and Van Macon, another top assistant coach.
This is hugely important because both are regarded as integral parts of the program, serving key recruiting and in-game functions the past couple years. The situation Jordan enters is a difficult one and the program's wreckage is readily apparent. Retaining strong, knowledgeable components will likely only be a net positive. Cox and Macon will assuredly help keep the program as intact as possible on the recruiting trail, able to sell a product that is invigorated by a seasoned NBA veteran. Also, Jordan keeps staff members with strong northeast ties and a pre-existing rapport with influential people in the region, something he lacks because of a coaching background primarily rooted in the NBA.