Wednesday, 29 March, 2017

IL hires Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood as men's basketball coach

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Spencer Simpson | 19 March, 2017, 00:43

After a 20-13 season and first round loss to MI in the NCAA tournament, Underwood is moving on to IL. Previously, he spent three seasons at Stephen F. Austin, with trips to the NCAA tournament all three years. He earned $1 million in his first season. I can't wait to get started with our team. Underwood is familiar with the area after spending 10 seasons as an assistant at Western Illinois, which is about a 2½-hours drive from the Illinois campus. Underwood's tenure with Stephen F. Austin ended with a loss at the buzzer to Notre Dame and he took the Oklahoma State job shortly thereafter. IL likely made him a significantly better offer. Minutes later, Illini athletic director Josh Whitman tweeted a photo of him and Underwood, with a caption that said, "Welcome Coach Brad Underwood!"

Underwood, who went to school at Kansas State and spent a good amount of his Division I coaching career in the Big 12, is a huge get for IL.

The news of Underwood's departure was a surprise for coaches in the Big 12 Conference, including Kansas head coach and OSU graduate Bill Self during a press conference in Tulsa before his NCAA tournament game Sunday against Michigan State.

IL fired John Groce earlier this month.

Oklahoma State finished fifth in the Big 12 with a 9-9 conference record in a season where the Big 12 was rated as the best conference in the nation. He was an assistant coach at Western Illinois from 1992 to 2003.

The Fighting Illini are still alive in the 2017 NIT, however, and will face Boise State on Monday. IL went 18-14 this season, bowing out against MI in the Big Ten tournament. Oklahoma State's offensive efficiency was ranked No. 1 by Ken Pomeroy.

Self, whose first Power 5 head-coaching job was at IL, described the news of Underwood's departure as a shock.

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