Duke assistant Chris Collins has decided not to pursue the opening for a head coach at Illinois State, where his father, Doug, was a star player in the early 1970s.
"With my family legacy at Illinois State, I have a great love and strong emotional ties to the university," Collins said in a statement. "Illinois State is a terrific university with an excellent basketball tradition and future. I have a strong desire to be a head coach, but .... I came to the determination that it was not the right fit for me.
Doug Collins, the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, averaged 29.1 points in three seasons at Illinois State. He met his wife, Kathy, at the school, had his jersey retired after his final home game and was the No. 1 pick in the 1973 NBA draft.
The playing floor inside Redbird Arena was named "Doug Collins Court" five years ago, and the school unveiled a statue honoring him and his college coach, Will Robinson, in 2009.
"With my name on the court, my jersey up there and a statue out in front of the arena, it would be very difficult for Chris to be there," Doug told ESPNChicago.com on Monday. "If he didn't do well and they fired him, what would that do with the relationship I have with the university? What if he went in there and did well for two years and left, and they thought it was like a stepping stone somewhere else? I think they both mutually agreed as good of a fit as Chris might be there in a lot of ways, it would have been difficult for Chris to be his own man."
Chris Collins joined Duke's staff in 2000 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2008.