Late last week we debated the merits of a Duke national title run and weighed it against Chris Collins beginning ASAP in Evanston. Well, thanks to Louisville’s pounding of the Blue Devils in a game marred by a horrific leg break to Kevin Ware, the earned media debates of Northwestern’s name in NCAA coverage is a moot point. Jim Nantz did congratulate Chris Collins late during the second half last night and gave a :30 Northwestern plug, if you call it that. Nantz mentioned Collins’ new job at Northwestern, referenced his proud father Doug, who was watching from the stands, and then of course mentioned that despite NU hosting the first NCAA Tourney in 1939 that the Wildcats had never made it. Both Nantz and Clark Kellogg gave their stamp of approval that they believe Collins will break through in Evanston.
Meanwhile, Nick Medline of PurpleWildcats.com posted a feature with Jaren Sina, who had roughly a 40-minute conversation with Chris Collins on Saturday night. Medline reported that Sina was impressed by Collins and he was seemingly pleasantly surprised by how much he had in common with the new head coach. Indiana reportedly made their in-home visit that same day as Sina is looking at the Hoosiers, Alabama and a few others, including Northwestern. There is a recruiting dead period this week, but it seems as though Collins may be paying a visit to Sina next Monday, according to Nick’s report. Not surprisingly, Collins has already been hard at work, despite not physically being in Evanston.
Louie Vaccher of WildcatReport.com posted some good news last night, although it was pretty much expected. Nate Taphorn, the 6-7 swing player from Pekin, Illinois, is keeping his commitment to become a Wildcat and he also chatted with Chris Collins, but this time it was last Thursday night. Vaccher’s interview yielded this promising quote:
“I can’t wait to play for Northwestern and I’m really excited to get to know (Collins),” – Nate Taphorn, to Louie Vaccher of WildcatReport.com
Tomorrow, media will descend upon Evanston to capture the 11 am ct press conference introducing Chris Collins as the Northwestern head coach. We’ll be sure to be slicing and dicing every word and offering what will likely be yet another shot of adrenaline to the Wildcats basketball program. Fans are awaiting the announcement of Collins’ staff, news of Drew Crawford returning for his fifth year and of course, the potential recommitment of Jaren Sina, a decision the family said will happen by April 17.
Kelly Amonte Media Love
Collins isn’t the only ‘Cat coach getting the spotlight tomorrow. Women’s lacrosse coach, Kelly Amonte Hiller, will be the focus of Comcast Sports Net Chicago’s Inside Look series, which premieres tomorrow night at 9pm ct.