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Illini hiring Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood

Illini hiring Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood

Fighting Illini athletic director Josh Whitman welcomed Underwood to the program in a tweet Saturday afternoon.

Underwood left Stephen F. Austin last March after leading the Lumberjacks to three straight NCAA berths.

Per Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World, Underwood signed a five-year, $6.3 million contract with Oklahoma State last year.

"The players, fans and administration at Oklahoma State have been absolutely incredible, and I want to thank them for the support they've given me and my family over the previous year", Underwood said.

As for IL, the program recently fired John Groce from the head coaching position.

IL certainly will be, having already approached former National Basketball Association coach Monty Williams with an offer that Yahoo!

As for Florida point guard Trent Frazier, Underwood and Walker will have to convince him that he is still the guy that can lead the IL men's basketball program to the next level.

In his one, and now only year, at Oklahoma State, Underwood led the Cowboys to a 20-13 record and first round exit in the NCAA Tournament.

Oklahoma State went through an up-and-down season in Stillwater.

The Cowboys were a top-10 team in scoring during the regular season, averaging 85.5 points per game. Underwood spent his first year at K-State in the role of director of operations for then-head coach Bob Huggins.

Underwood was the lowest paid coach in the Big 12 last season, making just $1mil/year to lead the Pokes, and while contract details are not now available, it is assumed Underwood will be receiving a significant raise to make the move to Campaign.

Illinois' new identity will be executing at an elite level on offense, improving and playing hard on defense, and never giving in - which is what happened this past season at Oklahoma State. He went to Columbia with Martin after serving on his bench for five seasons as an assistant at Kansas State, with his final season elevated to associate head coach.

Underwood is a 1986 graduate of Kansas State. But I like K-State. The Illini have reached the second round of the NIT and will face Boise State on Monday.


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