Get ready for an interesting day Northwestern fans. CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman posted this tweet:
Chris Collins to Northwestern is a done deal, sources told CBSSports. Announcement expected later today.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) March 27, 2013
If it is indeed true, this could shape up to be quite the historic day. We’ll keep the blog lines open here and update news as it comes in to the best of our ability. Well, that didn’t take long. At about 9:10 am ct, Jeff Goodman then posted this:
I’m also now coming to grips with the fact that the Duke mafia, a group that we as NU fans have long despised, are now merging, in some ways, with Wildcat nation. The good news is that the “name hire” factor is going to cause quite a bit of chatter throughout the rest of March Madness. The tweets, like this one, will be pouring in…
WGN Radio/Comcast Sports Net’s Dave Kaplan has also stated he believes an annoucement will be made later today, but that he expects a press conference early next week, regardless of whether or not Duke is still playing. He also added this data point, which hopefully will be the opening paragraph to a book/film about how NU turned it around, much like Barnett’s story of getting stuck in the press box.
Collins met w/NU officials at offices of Parker Executive Search in Atlanta Monday. That meeting sealed it. “He was better than we thought.”
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) March 27, 2013
And just in case it wasn’t clear from Dave Kaplan’s earlier communication, he posted this at around 10 am ct:
To confirm what I reported a few hrs ago. Duke associate head coach Chris Collins will be named later today as head coach at Northwestern. — David Kaplan (@thekapman) March 27, 2013
And with news of local boy done good returning “home” to try and break the second most infamous sports streak in Chicagoland, Chris Collins may get a kick out of Northwestern fans seeing how he is 2Legit2Quit. Especially love Chris’ moves around the 1:50 mark. By the way, if Welsh-Ryan can look like GBN’s crowd in some of these shots, man, will it be fun. Not so fast, my friends At 10:03 am ct, ESPN posted this article attributed to ESPN.com news services that has Andy Katz saying there are still details to be worked out and that an announcement isn’t likely until after Duke’s season is done. Whoa. Specifically:
Duke assistant coach Chris Collins and Northwestern are close to a deal to install him as the Wildcats’ next coach, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz on Wednesday. CBSSports.com reported Collins and Northwestern have agreed to a deal, but the source told ESPN.com’s Katz there were still details to be worked out and an announcement would not be made until after Duke is done playing this season. – ESPN.com, 10:03 am ct
Katz clarified his reporting at about 11:30 a.m. CT. There would be no press conference until after Duke’s season is over, but the announcement could come before then.
Clarifying point on Collins if it wasn’t interpreted correctly. No press conference until after Duke done, per source, not no announcement. — Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) March 27, 2013
Dan Bernstein, a noted WSCR – The Score sports radio host in Chicago and Duke graduate posted this rain-on-the-parade reality check that many of you have already discussed. The bottom line, there are no guarantees with Collins and the Duke coaching tree has a checkered past in terms of translating to future success. We already knew this, but the injection of adrenaline in to the program is sure have all kinds of fan opinions emerging. However, I’m all for energy and excitement, as I really continue to ask “what risk?” What, we go 0-77 in NCAA Tourney appearances? I’m being practical about this as well and I do not expect instant impact. We’ll be judging this hire in three years with a much clearer picture then we can now. Duke’s student newspaper, The Chronicle, is covering Duke’s Sweet Sixteen game in Indianapolis. They spoke with Mike Krzyzewski after practice and he said it is not a done deal yet.
Coach K on Collins taking the Northwestern job: “It’s not a done deal yet.”
— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) March 27, 2013
Wildcat Nation spent a bunch of the afternoon scouring Twitter, newsfeeds and crawls to see whether an announcement had been made on the Chris Collins hiring. Well, no news as of nearly 7pm ct which means this whole scouring process will likely continue tomorrow. It seems immiment and pretty much done, but as a guy who went through this with Tommy Amaker in ’93, you never know. Neil Hayes of the Sun-Times just tweeted this around 6:30 pm ct:
— Neil Hayes (@bynhayes) March 27, 2013