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Search could end with Collins at any time
assistant Chris Collins interviewed with Northwestern athletics director Jim
Phillips on Monday at an off-campus location, a source told the Sun-Times, and
could be named as Bill Carmody’s successor later this week.
the beginning, this job was Collins’ to lose. However, according to the source,
the former Glenbrook North standout was so impressive in an interview that he
could be named Northwestern’s head coach before the Blue Devils play Michigan
State in the Midwest Regional semifinals in Indianapolis, Ind., on Friday.
hired a search firm to help produce candidates other than Collins, who was
considered the leading candidate since Carmody was fired on March 16. La Salle
coach John Giannini, Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew and Bucknell’s Dave Paulson are
also being considered but the source said it’s Collins’ job if he wants it.
Bulls and current Sixers coach Doug Collins is Chris’s father, and said last
month that his “dream” job would be to serve as his son’s assistant.
future with the 76ers is unclear after a disappointing season. He recently said
he would re-evaluate his future when the NBA season ends. Doug and Chris are
very close and speak daily. Doug might also choose to support his son in an
Collins was back in Durham, N.C. for Duke’s practice Tuesday afternoon but was
not made available to reporters. Duke officials said he would not be available
for interviews in Indianapolis, either. The team is leaving for Indianapolis on
Wednesday, which may provide Collins with another opportunity to meet with
Northwestern officials and perhaps even visit the Evanston campus.
former Mr. Illinois Basketball at Glenbrook North, Collins played four seasons
at Duke before joining the coaching staff in 2000. The 38-year-old was named
associate head coach in 2008.
led Williams College to the Division III National Championship in 2003 when
Northwestern President Morty Schapiro was the president of that school and has
already been contacted by Northwestern officials, according to a source.
has not only led La Salle to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years
but has them in the Sweet 16.
was a graduate assistant at Illinois when Phillips was the basketball team’s
one of the hot coaches in the NCAA right now,” former Illinois coach Lou Henson
said of Giannini. “He’s won every place he has gone, and he has had some tough
jobs. He can teach kids how to play and motivate them. I think he would be a
credit to any NCAA team that wants to hire an outstanding coach.”