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Report: Northwestern has hired Chris Collins as their head coach

Mar 27, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

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Yesterday, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago was reporting that Northwestern was set to hire Duke assistant coach Chris Collins.

Today, Jeff Goodman of is reporting that it’s a done deal; Collins has been hired and an announcement will come later on Wednesday. That report confirms this tweet, which was sent out by Kaplan early on Wednesday morning:

Northwestern went 13-19 last season under Bill Carmody, but it wasn’t necessarily because of a lack of talent in the program. The Wildcats had some brutal injury issues that plagued them all year long. Collins’ first job as coach? Convince Drew Crawford not to transfer, and get top 100 point guard Jaren Sina, who reopened his recruitment after Carmody was let go, to commit to Northwestern again.

  1. Cereal - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Interesting hire BUT ——- WHERE IS THE NIT COVERAGE !!??? Compelling hoops last night in Alabama….come on people ! ? ! ?

    • nawlinsmitty - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Nobody cares about the NIT or Alabama basketball.

  2. coryfor3 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Crickets chirping on this one…It is still Northwestern basketball.

  3. florida727 - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    This surprises me on some fronts, but doesn’t on others. Collins grew up in the Chicago area (remember his dad coached the Bulls). But I really expected him to replace Coach K when he finally decides to retire. He is, after all, the guy who sits right next to Mike on the bench during the games. Just never envisioned him leaving Duke. Wish him luck. I’ve met Doug Collins on numerous occasions and if Chris is anything like his dad, he’ll add class to whatever program he goes to.

    • beachbum1956 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      with all due respect to Collins, I don’t anyone on K’s bench that hasn’t been a head coach and can prove he can win will be named the next head coach at one of the premier universities. If he can win as a head coach, then he has a great chance to get the position. best of luck to him..

  4. mnposter - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I think Northwestern could be on the rise, relatively speaking.

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