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Collins would have interest in Illini job but focused on Duke

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GREENSBORO – Duke associate coach Chris Collins said Thursday he has not talked to anyone or heard from anyone about the vacant Illinois job.

The Illini fired Bruce Weber last week, and Collins' name has been floated out there as a possible replacement in the week since.

A native of Northbrook, Ill., Collins said he’d be interested if Illinois came calling.

“Of course,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to be a head coach, and it’s home. I love the Midwest. It’s where I grew up. For me, eventually I want to be a head coach, but I want to be somewhere that’s the right fit for me and my family – somewhere I feel I could be successful and really enjoy being at.”

Nevertheless, Collins stressed his focus is completely on this Blue Devils’ team as they prepare to open the NCAA tournament  against Lehigh on Friday night at the Greensboro Coliseum (WRAL, 7:15 p.m.).

“This is what you play for,” Collins said. “To be distracted at this moment is not good. It’s not good for me, it’s not good for our team. I’ve tried to push all that stuff aside and really focus on being successful with this team in the NCAA tournament.”

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Sorry, Chrissy

I read that two Board of Trustee members at Illinois want a black guy to coach the team. You are far from that, sir.

My guess, after this abrupt ending of this season, is you'll land somewhere, though.

A Black Guy...

Seriously...did you just write that. In this day and age its still hard to believe that someone would use that phrase to describe what they are looking for in a replacement for their former coach. If this is true, please post a link to this. My comment is not really aimed toward you. It's more that I'm in shock that even the Board of Trustee's at a major university would even let a thought like that get out into the media prior to starting their coaching searching.

So

What do you call a white guy ? A white guy.

This wasn't the exact article I read, but this still talks about it ...

http://www.dailyillini.com/index.php/article/2012/03/trustees_give_input_on_future_illinois_coaching_hires

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