At Illinois State, the court is named after Doug Collins. Outside of the arena sits a statue of Collins -- the most decorated athlete in the history of the school. He was an All-American in 1973, averaged 29.1 points in three seasons at the school and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1973 NBA Draft.
Therefore, it looks like a lock that Collins' son, Chris, will succeed Tim Jankovich.
But it's not that simple.
While the school has targeted the younger Collins, a former player and now assistant coach at Duke, sources told CBSSports.com that it's unlikely Chris would take the job due to the emotions involved.
What if Collins wanted to leave after just a couple years? He'd inherit a team that will be in the mix to compete for the Missouri Valley title -- and an NCAA appearance next season would likely result in high-majors calling.
What if Collins didn't succeed and the school had to let him go?
Basically, the younger Collins is worried about doing anything that could affect his father's legacy in Normal, Ill.
If Collins does wind up pulling his name from the search, look for Illinois State athletic director Gary Freidman to interview guys like Vanderbilt assistant Dan Muller -- an alum who played for the Redbirds -- and Gonzaga assistant and former Utah head coach Ray Giacoletti, an Illinois native.