Duke's Chris Collins withdraws from Illinois State search

By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider

Chris Collins has withdrawn from consideration for the Illinois State job.

Collins' father, Doug, was the most decorated player in school history and wound up being the top overall pick in the 1973 NBA Draft.

Illinois State opened last week after Tim Jankovich went to SMU as the coach-in-waiting with Larry Brown.

Collins was at the top of athletic director Gary Friedman's list, but Collins -- who has been on Mike Krzyzewski's staff for the past 12 years -- decided that it was just too difficult a situation.

“With my family legacy at Illinois State, I have a great love and strong emotional ties to the university,” Collins said in a statement. “Illinois State is a terrific university with an excellent basketball tradition and future. I have a strong desire to be a head coach but after conversations with Mr. Friedman I came to the determination that it was not the right fit for me and the university at this time. It is an honor to be in consideration for the opening at my parents' alma mater and I look forward to watching the entire athletic and academic community at Illinois State continue to grow and prosper.”

Expect no shortage of elite assistants and former head coaches to go after the Illinois State job -- including Vandy assistant Dan Muller, an alum, and Gonzaga assistant and former Utah head coach Ray Giacoletti -- who was an assistant at ISU.

 
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