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To No Surprise, Duke Assistant Coach Chris Collins is the Favorite For the Northwestern Job

Bob Donnan-USA Today Sports

According to reports, Duke assistant coach Chris Collins interviewed with Northwestern officials on Monday for the open position of men’s head basketball coach.

To nobody’s surprise, it appears that the interview went very well and Collins has now emerged as the favorite for the position. There is not exact timetable for a decision from Northwestern and even if Collins does get the job, it will be interesting to see when things would become official considering his situation.

Collins will certainly be free to leave for Northwestern if he offered and accepts the job, but he is currently as assistant coach at Duke and the Blue Devils are gearing up for a Sweet 16 test against No. 3 Michigan State later this week.

A year ago, Collins was considered as a candidate for the open position at Illinois, but the Illini chose to go with John Groce, which left Collins still awaiting his opportunity. Collins is an Illinois-native and has been a member of the coaching staff at Duke since 2000. Collins played under current Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski in the mid-90s.

Northwestern is looking for a replacement for Bill Carmody who was dismissed from his duties just a few weeks ago. The Wildcats’ biggest weakness is no kept secret. Northwestern has never qualified for the NCAA Tournament, the only power six conference program that has yet to do so.

Collins however, has been used to getting into the Big Dance, both as a player and an assistant coach, so we will see how Northwestern plays things out from here.

 

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