Chris Collins' father (current head coach of the 76'ers) was on the DP show this morning and towards the end of the interview was asked about Chris. Here is some of what he said, as best I can recall:
- DP asked if he thought the Duke job would come down to Collins and Wojo once K retires. Doug Collins said he would not recommend that his son take the job due to the enormous pressure of having to follow Coach K and all he has done, not only on the court but within the community. He also thought that K would probably coach another 7-8 years, and that Chris would instead take a job elsewhere in the interim.
- DP asked if Chris has turned down head coaching jobs, and Doug said yes. He said Chris does not want to take over a program that is down and needs to be rebuilt, but instead wants to go to a winning program whose head coach has moved on (later, DP's intern or whatever suggested UCONN as a possibility if Calhoun retires this year or next, but DP thought replacing a three-time national champion coach would be a big enough challenge in itself).
- Doug said that Chris is in a great position right now, that Coach K is like a CEO who delegates a lot of responsibility to his assistants. Said that K is "training them [Collins and Wojo] to be head coaches."
- After the interview DP continued discussing the issue and offered his opinion that Wojo is the one who has been "chosen" by K to be his replacement. He bases this on the fact that Wojo appears with K at events more often, and that it's just a gut feeling.
There was more that I didn't get to hear, but it was all interesting stuff. Here's a link to the full show
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Thanks for the post, U.C.
Just my .02 on Chris Collins, Wojo, and K's successor:
Both are doing a terrific job as assistants. For succeeding K, either is a possibility; I prefer Wojo, but I think a head coaching stint prior to return to the alma mater is absolutely essential.
I'm not insinuating he meant Collins or anyone else specifically, just following on UrinalCake's post given the timing of the two comments. Can't say I fault any of the coaches for showing some nerves given the enormity of the task.
Ahhh Gut... two Final Fours in three years, and he was gone!
Doug Collins also appeared on PTI yesterday and told a touching story about a great gesture by Chris. Apparently Jerry Colangelo somehow arranged for the coaches involved with the Olympic team to receive gold medals (this is what Doug Collins said - but I thought coaches did not receive Olympic medals, which is why there was that awesome picture of K with the whole Olympic team and all of their medals around his neck). Anyway, Chris was involved with scouting other teams, etc., and so he received a gold medal from Beijing. A couple years ago, Doug was inducted into the hall of fame as a broadcaster and at dinner after the induction, Chris stood up and "through tears" Chris said "Dad, 37 years too late, but here's the gold medal you should have had a long time ago." It obviously was a touching moment for Doug Collins and has it hanging in his office now.
"I don't like them when they are eating my azaleas or rhododendrons or pansies." - Coach K
Wojo as coach? That would be great since then we can get a new big man coach.
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Jay Bilas. Star quality. Knowledgeable. In the family. Wide exposure to other schools of thought via current job.
I think Bucky Waters is available.
Mike Brey is part of the family, and wouldn't have the problem of being a former player.
(Which, yes, I think would be an extra burden for JD/Tommy/Jeff/D.Hendu/Wojo/Chris).
I know K wouldn't like it (he has said so many times, and I believe him), but it ain't his decision.
It seems to me that there are 12 ACC schools, each with its own niche. I have a hard time seeing them going for the same recruits any more so than Duke competing with non-ACC schools, many of whom have ex-Duke coaches and players.
And as to looking down the court at Cameron or elsewhere and seeing K in a suit, why is this a problem? It is just another challenge.
I hate to be unsentimental about this, but that's how I feel.
My main complaint, for example, about knowledgeable announcers is that many of them are so negative -- criticizing the players, teams and coaches. The game is supposed to be fun and enjoyable for the players and fans. Fun for the coaches? Nah! That's really a stretch.