Has anyone else noticed Chris running the huddle several times during the last few games? I have observed Chris drawing up a play and barking out instructions during a few time-outs while Coach K watches without saying a word. I can't remember ever seeing someone else run the huddle other than Coach K.
On yesterday's ESPNU College Basketball Monday Podcast, the Katz/Gottlieb one, they were talking about two coaches who either may not hold their jobs or may quit after the season - Bruce Webber of Illinois and Bill Carmody of Northwestern. In both cases, they thought Collins would be a prime candidate. For Illinois, they thought Collins would be the only non-head coach to be considered. Obviously, it's all speculation.
Illinois would be a decent fit for Chris. Northwestern, no. If you're northwestern, what's the point of firing the guy you've got there anyway, if you're not gonna commit the other resources to caring? What, you think someone's going to come to Northwestern and win 25 games playing a Big Ten schedule with Northwestern players?
Sometimes I mistake this for a universe that cares. -- xkcd #625
Collins mentioned this when he spoke to the Blue Devil Club last week. He'd done the scouting for the game and told Coach K he had something that might work, so K told him to draw it up.
K delegates a tremendous amount of responsibilities to his staff - because they all three played for him and they have a LOT of experience coaching for him, plus Jeff is a former head coach himself. Our assistants have more responsibilities than just about any other assistants in the country. So said the man himself a few weeks ago. He's said many times he has the best staff in the country, and he lets them do their "stuff".
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There are precedents for announcing retirement in advance, but it is not clear that it is a good idea. It will be interesting to see how things play out at Louisville, where Pitino announced that he will retire when his current deal is up (without naming his successor), and at San Diego State, where the program already has announced Steve Fisher's replacement once he retires.
"I don't like them when they are eating my azaleas or rhododendrons or pansies." - Coach K
Can't imagine Carmody leaving. He's under no pressure from inside NU to win more.
Regarding Chris Collins, I really like his coaching potential. He looks like a coach. He is firey which I rather like. Not as big on the completely passive coach that just sits there. I think he is ready to be a head coach but like Johnny Dawkins before him is waiting on the right opportunity at a program committed to winning. It is obvious K trust him a lot. He has been having he and Wojo (though I mostly see Collins) doing the half-time interview and that combined with drawing up plays shows the confidence he has in Collins. The best way to learn how to do something is by doing it and that is what Krzyzewski is doing. Good year to do it too with such a young team that needs a lot of coaching.
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Let's say hypothetically Chris Collins does get courted to Illinois which I also believe he would be a good fit. He has the ties to Chicago and has been a top assistant to the most consistent program in the country. Who would we bring in to replace Collins? Would we think about bringing Paulus on from OSU? Just a thought I have no clue, but definitely a possibility. Him or Carrawell