The Big Ten, The Scarlet Knights Completely Embarrassed Themselves

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Over the course of Rutgers first two seasons in the Big Ten, the Scarlet Knights completely embarrassed themselves. A lack of talent, coupled with inept coaching, left Rutgers with no chance to compete in either year.

Eddie Jordan took over the Rutgers basketball program after the university found themselves reeling from the Mike Rice scandal. Jordan was the safest candidate for the job at that time; a Rutgers alumni who wouldn 't end up throwing basketballs at players.

The main problem Rutgers faced under Eddie Jordan was that he didn 't care all that much. He was lazy in recruiting (especially in state) and did the bare minimum teaching the game. In fact, Eddie Jordan may be the only Division 1 basketball coach on the planet who doesn 't see the benefits of rebounding.

Following a 29 point home loss to Seton Hall, he thought it would be a great time to proclaim his disdain for teaching rebounding.

Hard to believe these words came out of a head coach 's mouth, but this was the reality of Rutgers basketball circa 2015. It paints a dreary picture, but as the saying goes, it 's always darkest before the dawn.

A Basketball Renascence In New Jersey:

After the 2015-16 season, Eddie Jordan promptly received his walking papers. Over the course of his Rutgers coaching career, the team went 3-33 in Big Ten conference play.

On March 19th, 2016, Steve Pikiell was announced as the 19th head coach in Rutgers basketball history. The 49 year old coach spent his entire career on the…

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