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Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan doesn't have diploma | College basketball

Recently hired Rutgers basketball coach Eddie Jordan is not a graduate of the university, contrary to what school officials had claimed. It is another embarrassment for an athletic program smarting from the regime of previous coach Mike Rice, who was fired last month. Meanwhile, in an interview, Jordan told ESPN he completed the work for his degree.

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College basketball

Jordan doesn't have diploma,

contrary to claims by Rutgers

Recently hired Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan is not a graduate of the university, contrary to what school officials had claimed — another embarrassment for an athletic program still smarting from incidents that led to the firing of previous coach Mike Rice.

The 58-year-old Jordan's biography on the athletic department's website said he earned a degree in health and physical education in 1977. But the registrar's office at the university reported the former NBA player and coach never graduated from Rutgers, though he earned 103 credit hours from 1973 to 1985.

The degree discrepancy was first reported Friday by the sports website Deadspin, resulting in an admission of error from Rutgers later in the day.

A statement released by the athletic communications office said: "While Rutgers was in error when it reported that Eddie Jordan had earned a degree from Rutgers University, neither Rutgers nor the NCAA requires a head coach to hold a baccalaureate degree."

A second statement also defended Jordan.

"His athletic skills and leadership and his professional accomplishments have been a source of pride for Rutgers for more than three decades," it said. "We are excited to have him as our men's basketball coach, and we look forward to many winning seasons."

Jordan was hired last month to replace Rice, who was fired after video was made public showing him kicking and shoving players and yelling obscenities and anti-gay slurs at them. Two university administrators resigned over the scandal.

In an interview with ESPN, Jordan said he failed to get his diploma when he did not register properly, but maintained he completed his degree after his NBA career ended.

"Some of the professors are still around and some are gone but they all know I was in class and did my work," Jordan said. "There was arrogance on my part when I was told I didn't register right and then I left to (coach at) Old Dominion. I was told my classes were never recorded.

"I saw a transcript. I will have to find it. I was there and I completed the work."

Florida officially adds Carter

Florida has received official notification guard Eli Carter will join the program. Carter, who left Rutgers after Mike Rice was fired, will sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play for Gators coach Billy Donovan in the 2014-15 season.

Carter averaged a team-high 14.9 points for Rutgers last season.

Former Rutgers guard Mike Rosario transferred to Florida in 2011 and was an integral part of the team's last two NCAA tournament runs.

College football

Oregon plays waiting game

With spring football over, the Oregon Ducks are waiting to hear what the NCAA will decide about possible recruiting violations.

First-year coach Mark Helfrich said earlier this week it is "business as usual" as the Ducks head into the summer.

"Our general feeling has been to go about our business and not comment on the ongoing deal, as we've been requested to. Our guys have done a great job focusing on what they can control, and that's not one of those things," Helfrich said.

Oklahoma QB is arrested

Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Kendal Thompson was arrested in Norman on suspicion of public intoxication and allegedly refusing to obey a police officer's orders.

Soccer

Wigan faces tough FA Cup test

England's FA Cup final Saturday at Wembley in London matches five-time champion Manchester City and underdog Wigan, which is in danger of relegation from the English Premier League with two league matches left in the season.

Tennis

Nadal, Williams advance

Rafael Nadal rallied past David Ferrer 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open on red clay in Spain, maintaining his bid to reach a seventh consecutive final since returning from a knee injury.

In a meeting of Spain's top-ranked players, Nadal improved his record against Ferrer to 18-4.

Top-ranked Serena Williams of the United States struggled before defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 6-3, 0-6, 7-5, and second-ranked Maria Sharapova of Russia joined her in the semifinals after easing past Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-2, 6-4.

Elsewhere

• Victories by Justin Gatlin and Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese helped the United States make a big impact in the season-opening Diamond League track-and-field meet in Doha, Qatar.

U.S. athletes won six of the 16 events.

Gatlin edged countryman Mike Rodgers in the 100 meters with a time of 9.97 seconds. Reese won the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 9 ½ inches.

• Australian cyclist Adam Hansen, who rides for the Lotto Belisol team, won the hilly and rainy seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia with a solo breakaway. Spaniard Benat Intxausti Elorriaga of the Movistar team has the overall lead in the event that ends May 26 in Brescia.

• Adult Swim is turning Mike Tyson, 46, into a cartoon detective. The network announced a new animated series called "Mike Tyson Mysteries" for next season that will feature the retired boxing champ.

• Reigning champion Russia lost for the second time in two days in the preliminary round of the hockey world championships, bowing 3-2 to host Finland.

Michael St. Croix's third goal of the game at 7:24 of overtime saved the Edmonton Oil Kings' season, as they downed the host Portland Winterhawks 3-2 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Western Hockey League finals. Portland leads 3-2 entering Sunday's Game 6 in Edmonton.

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