At noon ET Tuesday, BTN/BTN2Go airs live coverage of Northwestern’s press conference introducing former Duke assistant basketball coach Chris Collins as the school’s new men’s basketball coach. Dave Revsine and Shon Morris will host our coverage, which will include analysis from a variety of guests.
“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 no different. I can’t possibly thank Coach Krzyzewski and Duke University enough for preparing me for this day.”
When news of the hiring came out last week, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart wrote that the move makes so much sense.
“In most every way, Collins is the opposite of Carmody, which almost always is the case when a coach is fired and another is hired. Different is good. No, different is demanded. Collins is 36 years old; Carmody is 61.
Collins never has been a head coach; Carmody had coached Princeton four seasons and earned two NCAA bids and two NIT invites before taking over NU. But maybe most vital: Collins brings name cachet to the dreary, dead-end NU job, where coaches like Rich Falk, Bill Foster, Ricky Byrdsong and Kevin O’Neill all failed fabulously over the past 30 years.”
We also took a look at recent history and found that few Biog Ten head coaching jobs have been filed with an assistant coach. See the full chart right here.
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