Report: Northwestern wants to interview Collins
Northwestern plans to interview Duke assistant Chris Collins for its vacant head basketball coaching position, but no meeting has been set.
On Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reported on its website that Collins would be interviewed early next week for the job that came open when Bill Carmody was let go on Saturday.
The paper also said Northwestern wants to interview Valparaiso head coach Bryce Drew.
But a source close to the Duke program said Collins is focused on the Blue Devils’ preparation for the NCAA Tournament and there is no meeting scheduled.
Collins, who grew up in the Chicago suburbs before playing and coaching at Duke, is interested in the job.
The son of Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins, Chris Collins never has been a head coach. He has been on Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s staff since 2001 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2008.
Doug Collins told the Associated Press that Chris is ready for a top job.
“Chris is going to be a great head coach; I’m not saying that because I’m his daddy,” Doug Collins said. “He has all the attributes. He’s smart, he’s got good people skills, he relates to people, he knows the game inside and out, he’s had a terrific teacher in Coach K, he knows the business, he’s coached pros, he’s coached at a lot of different levels, he’s been around the game since he was real little.”