Jimmy Collins retiring from UIC

15 Mar 2002:  Head coach Jimmy Collins of the University of Illinois at Chicago shouts from the sidelines during the first round of the NCAA basketball championship game against Oklahoma at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  Oklahoma defeat the UIC 71-63.  DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The UIC athletic department just released a statement saying that current men's head basketball coach Jimmy Collins will be retiring effective August 31, 2010. That's right, if you thought the Chicago coaching carousel had finished, it hasn't. I unfortunately don't have time to comment on this more, but expect much more coverage of Collins' retirement, the timing of things and who could be next in the next few days.

Collins had been the head coach at UIC since 1996. 
UIC head athletic director Jim Schmidt said in the release that he'll conduct a national search for a replacement.
"We anticipate great interest in our head men's basketball coaching position," said Schmidt. "The UIC men's basketball program will have the components for an excellent future."

Did no one see this coming? Otherwise why would Tracy Dildy have left for Chicago State? A lot of questions to ask.

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