Illinois Coaching Search: If Illini Call, Duke Assistant Chris Collins Will Listen

Duke assistant coach Chris Collins has been in North Carolina working for Mike Krzyzewski for a long time, but he still considers Illinois his home, and if the Fighting Illini were to give Collins a call about their head coaching vacancy, he would be interested.

"I always pick up the phone," Collins told the Tribune as the Blue Devils prepared for their NCAA tournament run that begins Friday against Lehigh. "I've always been taught you never shut down any opportunities."

Related: Bruce Weber Fired: A Few More Potential Illini Coaching Candidates

Collins added that he has "always aspired to be a head coach." Whether or not Illinois is that opportunity for Collins remains to be seen.

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