Chris Collins directed the Wildcats to their first NCAA Tournament berth in school history last season. Northwestern, Chris Collins Reach Contract Extension – CBS Chicago

(CBS) Northwestern and basketball coach Chris Collins have reached a “lengthy” contract extension after the Wildcats’ historic season, ESPN.com reported late Monday afternoon.

The length and terms of the deal weren’t immediately known. The news come just a month after Collins directed the Wildcats to their first NCAA Tournament berth in school history. Northwestern defeated Vanderbilt in its opener before falling to top-seeded and eventual national runner-up Gonzaga in the second round.

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Shortly after Northwestern was eliminated, Collins expressed a desire to remain at the school for a long time in an interview on 670 The Score.

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“I love Northwestern,” Collins said. “I have no plans on wanting to leave Northwestern.

“My plan is to be here. This is home for me. I grew up in the Chicago area. I love what we’re doing. I love the people I work for. Hopefully that’s something (an extension) that we can get done and keep me here for a long time.”

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The Wildcats went 24-12 last season. In four seasons at Northwestern, Collins is 133-73.