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Thursday, April 18, 2013, 8:36 p.m.

NEWARK, N.J. — Rutgers is turning to one of its greatest players to lead the basketball program out of one of its darkest hours and into a future that will see it enter the Big Ten Conference in 2014.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan has reached a tentative agreement to take over as coach of the scandal-marred program.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school has not officially announced the deal with its all-time leader in assists and steals.

The agreement comes just more than two weeks after Rutgers fired Mike Rice after a video was aired that showed him grabbing and kicking players at practice, and using anti-gay slurs. The video was compiled from recordings taken during Rice's three years as coach.

Athletic director Tim Pernetti, a university lawyer and assistant coach Jimmy Martelli also resigned amid the scandal.

Jordan, 58, played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973-77 and was the point guard on the team that went to the Final Four in 1976. He interviewed for the position in 2010, as well, when Rice eventually landed the job.

RU prez: No deal for Rice

Rutgers president Robert Barchi told New Jersey lawmakers that he hasn't signed a settlement with Rice.

“I have signed no settlement whatsoever with Mr. Rice — none,” Barchi told the state Assembly's Budget Committee in Trenton. “I'll have that discussion in court if I have to.”

At an April 8 public meeting in Newark, Barchi said Rice wasn't fired for cause. According to the coach's contract, that meant he would be in line for about $1.1 million in severance pay.

Settlements for two others who subsequently resigned, Pernetti and John Wolf, are in place, Barchi said. Pernetti was due more than $1.2 million, according to his contract. Wolf was to receive almost $420,000, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

NBC keeps Notre Dame

NBC Sports Group announced a 10-year contract extension to televise Notre Dame football games, doubling the length of its previous agreement.

NBC and Notre Dame said the extension would begin in 2016 and run through the 2025 season. The contract, reportedly worth $15 million annually for football, had never run for more than five years.

NBC will have global media rights on all platforms to a minimum of seven Notre Dame home football games each year, with most airing on the main NBC network. It also allows for games to be carried on the NBC Sports Network cable channel.

NBC has held Notre Dame football TV rights since 1991. Terms of the new contract were not announced.

Michigan gets good news

Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary are coming back to Michigan for their sophomore seasons.

The Wolverines have lost national Player of the Year Trey Burke and guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA Draft, but now they can expect to return three starters from the team that reached the NCAA title game this season.

Spartans guard staying

Michigan State guard Gary Harris will return for his sophomore season.

He became the first player in program history to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and to be voted MVP by his teammates. He averaged nearly 13 points a game, ranking second on the team.

Teammate Adreian Payne has not announced whether he is entering the draft or coming back for his senior season.

Around the nation

Grant Jarrett, a 6-foot-10 freshman, declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft after one season at Arizona. … Washington leading scorer C.J. Wilcox will return for his senior basketball season.

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