News came in today that assistant coach Chris Collins has left my beloved Duke team to be the head coach of Northwestern University. I can’t say that I am surprised by his actions. Many Duke fans know that this moment was going to come soon. Last year, he was in contention for the coaching job at Illinois. In response to the departure of Collins, Duke has promoted special assistant Nate James to take over Chris Collins’ role on the coaching staff. James is familiar to this new role because he was Duke’s assistant from 2008-11. Collins is going to be deeply missed by the program. Not only was he a coach there since 2000, but he was a former player at Duke racking up several awards there, i.e. All-ACC rookie team, Second Team All-ACC, and captain senior year. I think Coach Collins is going to be missed most in the recruitment process. Collins grew up in the Illinois area and is very familiar with the area, obviously. He was given most credit with the recruitment of former point guard, Jon Scheyer and future Dukie and #2 recruit in the country, Jabari Parker. Coach Collins was an essential part to the Duke staff and will be greatly missed. However, Collins deserves a head coaching job and I hope he is very successful at Northwestern.