Doug and Chris Collins have lived basketball from every angle. Doug, the father, was a four-time NBA All-Star, who played in and broadcasted from the Olympic Games, coached the greatest player in NBA history and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his work as a television analyst. Chris, the son, was voted Illinois’s Mr. Basketball in 1992, won two NCAA Championships and worked in the USA Basketball National Team program for six years before embarking on his own head coaching career this season in Evanston. The father-son duo will discuss their individual and collective journeys through the sport of basketball and their shared passion for the game on Tuesday, May 6, as the featured speakers in Medill’s annual Beyond the Box Score lecture series.
“An Evening with Doug and Chris Collins,” features the pair in a conversation moderated by Big Ten Network lead studio host Dave Revsine. It will be held at 5 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum (1870 Campus Drive) on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. The event, which is co-sponsored by Medill and the Northwestern University Department of Athletics and Recreation, is free and open to the public and will be streamed live on the Medill and Athletics Department websites. The discussion can also be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #NUCollins.
Chris Collins, a former Duke standout and 13-year member of the Blue Devils’ coaching staff, recently completed his first season as head coach of Northwestern’s Men’s Basketball team. Among his first-year highlights was Northwestern’s defeat of eventual Final Four competitor Wisconsin 65-56 in Madison in January, and the Wildcat’s first three-game road winning streak since 1960. His initial recruiting class currently is ranked among the top 30 in the nation.
Doug Collins has spent more than four decades in the basketball world as a player, coach and commentator. As a player, he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1973 NBA Draft and spent eight years in the NBA and ABA. Collins coached in the NBA for 11 years, most recently with the Philadelphia 76ers (2010-13). His first NBA coaching job came in 1986, when he took over a Chicago Bulls team featuring an up-and-coming star named Michael Jordan.
Currently, Collins works as an NBA analyst for ESPN. In his 25 years in the broadcast booth he has covered everything from NBA Finals series and All-Star Games to the Summer Olympics. In 2009 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame after receiving the Curt Gowdy Media Award.
Beyond the Box Score moderator Dave Revsine is a 1991 Northwestern graduate who was the first on-air hire at BTN. He has hosted a wide array of programming since the network’s inception, including its on-site studio coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournaments. He also serves as the play-by-play announcer for select regular season Big Ten Men’s basketball games.
ABOUT THE BEYOND THE BOX SCORE LECTURE SERIES
Medill’s Beyond the Box Score lecture series was established in 2011 and is an annual event that features discussions about the world of sports and sports journalism. Past lectures have touched on the coverage of college athletics and race in sports and sports journalism. Panelists have included such distinguished Medill alumni as J.A. Adande, Christine Brennan and Rachel Nichols, as well as notable sports journalists such as George Dohrmann, LZ Granderson and Jeremy Schaap. The series is co-sponsored with the Northwestern University Department of Athletics and Recreation.
For more information on this lecture, email Marc Zarefsky at marc.zarefsky@u