Duke assistant coach Chris Collins interviewed for the Northwestern job on Monday, a source told the Associated Press.
Collins is considered the leading candidate to replace Bill Carmody, a source told ESPNChicago.com. The source said the interview went well. Carmody was fired after not making the NCAA tournament in 13 seasons.
Collins is a native of the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, Ill., where he starred as a McDonald's All American at Glenbrook North High School. He expressed his ambition to be a head coach last year before Illinois hired John Groce to replace Bruce Weber.
"I definitely want to be a head coach," Collins told ESPNChicago.com at the time. "For all of us who have been players and assistants for Coach K, he wouldn't want us around if we didn't have aspirations to have our own program. I'm looking for the right fit for me and my family, a place I can go and believe in that school and what they're trying to accomplish and have fun doing it."
Collins has recruited the Chicago area for Duke and helped land Jon Scheyer and Sean Dockery for the Blue Devils.
When talking last year about Illinois, he mentioned the familiarity of the area as an attractive feature.
"It's my home. It's in the Big Ten. There's talent in the state," Collins said last year. "Of course, you have aspirations to be a head coach in an area you really love like Chicago, so of course there's going to be interest. I haven't talked to them."
Duke faces Michigan State on Friday in a Sweet 16 matchup.