In his strange athletic career, Paulus played for Collins as a Duke point guard. He then joined the Syracuse football team and became starting quarterback, completing more than 67 percent of his passes in the impressive campaign.
With no foreseeable NFL career, he entered the college basketball coaching ranks at Navy before joining Thad Matta's staff as video coordinator.
This move to NU would make sense for several reasons. Paulus could find an expanded opportunity at Northwestern under someone with whom he has a close relationship.
With excellent basketball pedigree and experience alongside veteran coaches, this seems like right fit. Collins might want to personalize his staff upon arriving in Evanston, and Paulus is a feasible candidate to aid this rebuilding process. This also does not rule out the retention of NU assistants Fred Hill and Tavaras Hardy.
Collins is likely to be named the next head coach of Northwestern basketball tonight, with the official press conference held after Duke ends its tournament run.
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