NEW YORK (AP) _ Bob Hill, who coached the New York Knicks and two other NBA teams, is returning to New York _ as coach of Fordham University.

Hill, fired by the San Antonio Spurs after a 3-15 start in 1997, signed a 10-year deal reportedly worth $4 million on Wednesday.

``I don't have to learn about coaching, but I do have to find out the NCAA recruiting rules,'' he said.

Hill, who coached at Indiana as well as with the Spurs and Knicks, was 257-212 in seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Spurs and Knicks.

``College is not a step backward,'' he said. ``I love coaching and don't consider it work. There is nothing we can't accomplish at Fordham and I feel that we can be competitive in the conference right away.''

From 1990-93, he was head coach of the Pacers and went 113-108 while making the playoffs all three seasons.

His first season with the Spurs, in 1994, Hill led the team to a league-best 62-20 mark. He was fired after a 3-15 start in 1997 and has since worked as a consultant with the New Jersey Nets.

``It's been 15 years since I did any recruiting and the game has changed in that respect,'' Hill said. ``I may not know the rules yet, but when I do, I'll be as enthusiastic about recruiting as I am about coaching.''

Hill succeeds Nick Macarchuk, who resigned after 12 seasons to take a coaching position at Stony Brook, which is moving up to Division 1 next year.

Fordham moved to the Atlantic 10 Conference from the Patriot League in 1995 and has had little success, losing 80 of 108 games in four seasons. The Rams have not played in the NCAA tournament since 1992.