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Northwestern hires Collins as coach

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Mar 28 2013 09:36:15 AM CDT
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Northwestern hired Duke assistant Chris Collins as its new basketball coach, CBSSports.com reported.

Collins replaces Bill Carmody, who was fired last week after 13 seasons.

"I'm so grateful ... for the opportunity to lead the men's basketball program at one of the premier universities in the world, to compete in the Big Ten Conference, and to do so in my hometown," Collins said in a statement released by the school on Wednesday night. "Northwestern University is a special place that strives for excellence in every regard, and our program will be no different. I can't possibly thank Coach (Mike) Krzyzewski and Duke University enough for preparing me for this day."

Collins, an Illinois native, is familiar with the Chicago area. He was the state's Mr. Basketball in high school at suburban Glenbrook North and a McDonald's All-American. His father, Doug, is the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and a former Chicago Bulls coach.

After playing for Krzyzewski at Duke, Collins worked as an assistant at Seton Hall for two years. He joined Krzyzewski's coaching staff at Duke in 2000.

Carmody had mixed success at Northwestern. He guided the Wildcats to four consecutive NIT berths from 2009 to 2012, but his teams never reached the NCAA Tournament. This season, his injury-riddled Wildcats slipped to 13-19.