Kudos to Northwestern. They had a target in mind when they fired Bill Carmody and they acted quickly in going out and getting him. According to Jeff Goodman the deal is already done and the school will announce the hiring on Wednesday.
Duke associate head coach and Illinois native Chris Collins will become the next head coach at Northwestern.
Collins met with the Northwestern administration on Monday and an official announcement is expected on Wednesday.
Collins is a former Illinois Mr. Basketball and McDonald's All-American out of Glenbrook North High. He played at Duke in the mid 1990s, and has been on Mike Krzyzewski's staff since 2000. He was also an assistant under Tommy Amaker at Seton Hall for two seasons. Collins' father, Doug, is the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.
As for whether or not this is a good hire, it's really hard to have a solid opinion on it since Collins has never been a head coach. You can look at the track record of Duke assistants and make assumptions, but personally I think that's more coincidence than anything. Every coach is different.
All I know for sure is that the Northwestern job is not an easy one to win consistently at, but if Collins can do it he'll be a god in Evanston. Well, amongst the ten people who give a shit anyway.
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