Report: Duke Asst. Chris Collins Would Be Interested in Northwestern

By Paul Seaver

Earlier today, VCU’s Shaka Smart made the decision to remain with the Rams, spurning an offer from Illinois.

As the ongoing rumors and reports continue to surface, Duke assistant Chris Collins may be a name on the track to deeper discussions.

Reports by both CBS Chicago and the Chicago Tribune have hinted that Collins may be heavily interested in Northwestern.

The only problem: Northwestern has yet to make a decision on current head coach Bill Carmody.

Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips has yet to make a decision or finish his evaluation of the men’s basketball program and while the delay continues, the speculation into whether or not a position will open up increases.

Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Collins would accept the Northwestern job if it was offered to him. The report goes even further in saying that Collins would prefer the Northwestern job over the opening at Illinois.

Now before any further speculation begins, let be known that this Northwestern team still belongs to Carmody, as of right now, and while Collins’ name has been linked to Illinois, the Illini’s focus had centered around Smart up until this afternoon.

Collins, who is the son of current Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins, has been on the staff at Duke since 2000. He has been the associate head coach under Mike Krzyzewski since 2008.

While rumors and media speculation will continue to arise, the waiting game will continue on a number of factors for each Big Ten school.

Will Northwestern retain Carmody or look elsewhere? How much interest will Illinois invest in Collins as their search continues? And if things play like the report suggests, where will Collins choose to begin his head coaching career if offered?

Only time will tell.


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