Chris Collins is slowly but surely turning around the misfortunes of the Northwestern basketball program, and as a reward, his contract was extended on Tuesday. Although the school has not announced the deal officially, the contract extension (with the terms not disclosed) has been agreed upon.
More from Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune:
The extension, yet to be announced by the school, resulted from Collins’ end-of-season meeting with Jim Phillips, NU’s athletic director.
Phillips said negotiations were easy on the multiyear extension. Collins would not divulge the deal’s length, saying he will stay in Evanston for at least the “foreseeable future.”
“It’s not ‘coach Cal’ money,” he said in reference to Kentucky coach John Calipari’s $7 million-plus annual salary. “But it’s in the ballpark of what guys in our league are making. I want to be at Northwestern and love what we’re doing. I just wanted to be treated fairly.”
Collins is getting it done on the recruiting trail and the results on the court have been incremental. He went 14-19 in his first year on the job and then 15-17 last season. Although, the Wildcats did finish the Big Ten regular season going 5-2 in their last seven games. Collins has been able to reel in high-major recruits in Vic Law, Bryant McIntosh and Aaron Falzon as well as secure a major 2016 commitment in Rapolas Ivanauskas.
Soon enough Northwestern will break their NCAA drought, and Collins is as good a bet to be the first coach to take them to the promised land.