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Duke's Collins pulls out of Illinois State search


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke assistant Chris Collins says he's not pursuing the vacant coaching position at Illinois State.

Collins issued a statement through Duke on Monday saying he'll remain the Blue Devils' associate head coach.

Collins says he has "a great love and strong emotional ties to" Illinois State. His father Doug played for the Redbirds before beginning his NBA head coaching career.

Collins says he discussed the job with Illinois State athletic director Gary Friedman on Sunday. Collins says he wants to be a head coach, but "it was not the right fit for me and the university at this time."

Collins has spent 12 seasons on Mike Krzyzewski's staff at Duke. Illinois State is looking to replace Tim Jankovich, who left last week to join Larry Brown's staff at SMU.

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