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Brad Underwood leaving Oklahoma State to become IL head coach

Brad Underwood leaving Oklahoma State to become IL head coach

"IL athletic director Josh Whitman tweeted out a photo of himself and Underwood holding what has now become a traditional "#WeWillWin" sign for new coaching hires, confirming the news. Previously, he spent three seasons at Stephen F. Austin, with trips to the NCAA tournament all three years. His five-year contract at Oklahoma State was set to pay him $6.3 million for the duration - $1 million for this past season with raises to $1.6 million by 2020-21. OK State fell, 92-91, in a game that was intensely competitive and aesthetically pleasing.

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.

Self, whose first Power 5 head-coaching job was at IL, described the news of Underwood's departure as a shock. Underwood led OSU back to the NCAA Tournament, losing 92-91 to MI on Friday. The announcement comes roughly 26 hours after the end of Oklahoma State's season.


Illini Basketball's official Twitter account also confirmed the news, welcoming Underwood as the team's new head coach.

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. IL likely made him a significantly better offer. The Cowboys had one of the most exciting and prolific offenses in the country, standing eighth in the NCAA in scoring (85.7 points per game) and leading the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency in the current kenpom rankings.

Underwood will reportedly make more than double his salary with IL and takes over an Illini team that went 19-14 this past season. 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 played at Kansas State and served as an assistant under former coach Frank Martin. He played for the legendary Jack Hartman, K-State's all-time winningest coach. Hardin-Simmons was the first college job for Lou Henson, the Fighting Illini's all-time winningest coach, and whose name permanently adorns the court at State Farm Center.