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Report: Northwestern has hired Chris Collins as their head coach

Presbyterian v Duke

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 12: Duke’s head coach Mike Krzyzewski (L) and Associate head coach Chris Collins yell at their players during an NCAA game against Presbyterian Blue Hose on November 12, 2011 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 96-55 over Presbyterian tying head coach Mike Krzyzewski with Bobby Knight for the most wins in NCAA Division I basketball. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

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Yesterday, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago was reporting that Northwestern was set to hire Duke assistant coach Chris Collins.

Today, Jeff Goodman of is reporting that it’s a done deal; Collins has been hired and an announcement will come later on Wednesday. That report confirms this tweet, which was sent out by Kaplan early on Wednesday morning:

I expect Chris Collins to be named tonight at NU. Source: “He is the perfect fit. The meeting in Atlanta sealed what they already knew.”

— David Kaplan (@thekapman) March 27, 2013

Northwestern went 13-19 last season under Bill Carmody, but it wasn’t necessarily because of a lack of talent in the program. The Wildcats had some brutal injury issues that plagued them all year long. Collins’ first job as coach? Convince Drew Crawford not to transfer, and get top 100 point guard Jaren Sina, who reopened his recruitment after Carmody was let go, to commit to Northwestern again.