Chris Collins returns to his Chicago identity
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Chris Collins returns to his Chicago identity

Former Duke player and assistant coach leads Wildcats to NCAA

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Chris Collins knew long before he took the Northwestern job that a good team can transform antiquated Welsh-Ryan Arena from a barn to a raucous place. He was a Chicago kid who experienced that atmosphere as a high school senior.

Maybe that’s one reason he returned home four years ago to take over a program that had never qualified for an NCAA Tournament. Maybe it’s why he choked up answering a postgame question about Northwestern’s dramatic last-second win over Michigan on Wednesday night that bracketologists agree clinched an NCAA berth. ...

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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