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"Northwestern should go through the process, but barring a botched interview, athletic director Jim Phillips should hire Duke associate head coach Chris Collins. There are plenty of tremendous candidates out there, but Collins is ready for this job with his energy, connections and desire to make Northwestern relevant. Bill Carmody poured his life into this job but had so many unfortunate breaks. Forget about the track record of former Duke assistants or any other theories. Northwestern needs a new voice and enthusiasm -- the type that Collins can provide. The Wildcats have tried so many different ways to turn this program around, and now it's time for a younger approach. Plenty of assistants have thrived in their first coaching gig (Jamie Dixon, Brad Stevens, Mark Few, etc.), so you don't know if you don't try. If Collins is ever going to leave Duke, now is the time and this is the right job for him."