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Duke Assistant Chris Collins Will Be Named Next Head Coach at Northwestern

Mark Dolejs-USA Today Sports

The Northwestern Wildcats have their man.

According to a number of reports that have surfaced on Wednesday morning, the Wildcats will name Chris Collins as their next head coach. A formal announcement is expected later in the day on Wednesday.

Collins, who has been an assistant coach at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski since 2000, is an Illinois-native and had long been rumored to be the favorite for this position. Collins met with Northwestern officials earlier in the week and things were have rumored to have gone “very well.”

Northwestern parted ways with Bill Carmody after 13 seasons a few weeks ago and ever since then Collins had been directly linked to the vacancy. Carmody did a pretty decent job with the Wildcats’ program during his time at the helm, but as many college basketball fans are aware of — Northwestern has never qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Carmody simply could not get them over that hump.

Collins will face that difficult, but there’s no doubt that he should have a great shot at putting that drought to an end.

Collins played at Duke during the mid-90s after an All-American campaign at the high school level in Illinois. Collins was connected to the opening at Illinois a year ago, but the Illini ultimately went in another direction.

Another year passed and another Big Ten opportunity for Collins came a reality. This one surely seems like a great fit both ways.

Northwestern began its search for a new coach after the Wildcats finished this past season at 13-19 overall.

 

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