Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/29/14
Northwestern hired longtime Duke assistant Chris Collins on Tuesday night to replace the fired Bill Carmody, hoping he can finally lead the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament and into the upper echelon of the Big Ten. In many ways, Collins seems like a logical fit given his ties to the area, Northwestern' s academic similarities to Duke and his basketball pedigree. He is from suburban Northbrook, Ill., about 15 miles from the campus in Evanston, played for the Blue Devils and spent the past 13 years on Mike Krzyzewski's staff. He is the son of Doug Collins, the former Chicago Bulls head coach now with the Philadelphia 76ers. ''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. ''Northwestern University is a special place that strives for excellence in every regard, and our program will be ...
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