It’s Official – Howard Moore to UIC

After a month of uncertainty following Jimmy Collins abrupt retirement, the University of Illinois-Chicago announced Friday that Wisconsin assistant Howard Moore will replace Jimmy Collins as head basketball coach.

Collins retired in July, much later than coaches usually end their tenure at a school.  Collins’ incoming recruiting class didn’t know until a month before school began that they would have a different head coach.

The retirement of Collins also came a week after associate head coach Tracy Dildy departed for Chicago State’s head job.

Moore is the second Bo Ryan protege to join the head coaching ranks in the Horizon League.  If you don’t know who the other is, turn off your computer and go ask somebody.

Panther fans will remember Howard Moore the player, who was a part of the only Wisconsin Badger team to lose to the Milwaukee Panthers.  That team lost 77-72 in the UW Fieldhouse on December 12th, 1992.

The Flames are coming off a particularly awful season where they finished 8-22 with a valiant effort at the U.S. Cellular Arena against our Panthers in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament.

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