In a huge victory for the downtrodden Northwestern basketball program, the Wildcats have hired longtime Duke assistant Chris Collins to take over for the ousted Bill Carmody in Evanston.
Chris Collins to Northwestern is a done deal, sources told CBSSports. Announcement expected later today.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) March 27, 2013
Carmody had been at the helm of the program for 13 seasons, but failed to lead the ‘Cats to the NCAA Tournament even once. In fact, Northwestern is the only major conference program to have never — ever — earned an invite to go Dancing.
Collins has been with Duke since 2000, and in that time has experienced far more success that Carmody did. He developed into Coach K’s right hand man, earning the title of associate head coach in 2008, according to SB Nation.
However, the hire is seen as a win for more reasons than Collins’ ability to potentially lead a renaissance in the Chicago suburbs: He grew up there.
While his father, Doug, was coaching the Chicago Bulls, Chris earned the title of Mr. Illinois for Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, another ‘burb just north of Evanston.
Winning is not a foregone conclusion, but the Northwestern athletic department got the guy they wanted.
Now the question becomes, will they put the resources behind him to be successful?