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Chris Collins, Northwestern agree to “lengthy” contract extension

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Collins led the Wildcats to their first Big Dance last season.

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Chris Collins and Northwestern have agreed to a “lengthy” contract extension, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported.

While the details of the deal are still unknown, the extension will keep Collins in Evanston for at least the near future. Collins also signed an extension back in 2015, but, given the timing of this deal, it would seem logical for Collins to see a salary increase after leading Northwestern to its first-ever NCAA Tournament this past season.

In Collins’s four seasons at Northwestern, the Wildcats have gone 73-60, upping their win total each year. As Goodman mentions in the Tweet, it would now take an extraordinary coaching vacancy to lure Collins away from Northwestern. Collins grew up about a half-hour from Northwestern in Northbrook, Illinois.

The Collins extension wasn’t the only Northwestern coaching news Monday; head football coach Pat Fitzgerald also agreed to an extension, his being for at least the next 10 seasons.

UPDATE: According to the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein, Collins’s extension will run through the 2024-25 season.