Underwood bolts for new job at IL


"I want to thank Josh Whitman for the opportunity to join the Fighting Illini family and look forward to working with him to build a championship program".

Brad Underwood's tenure as Oklahoma State men's basketball coach apparently is going to last all of one season. In his lone season at Oklahoma State, Underwood was 20-13 and his team earned a bid by winning 10 of 11 games from January 21-Feb. 25.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman was the first to report the news, and it was later confirmed by Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, who added that Underwood was underpaid at Oklahoma State.

Underwood, 53, was scheduled to make $6.3 million over five seasons at Oklahoma State, with $3.3 million of it paid out over the first three years of his contract ($1 million this season, $1.1 million next season and $1.2 in 2018-19). He was an assistant coach at Western Illinois from 1992 to 2003.

Brad Underwood will be wearing a new shade of orange. The announcement comes roughly 26 hours after the end of Oklahoma State's season. However, during my time at Western Illinois, I always saw the Illinois coaching job as one of the truly best in the nation. IL went 18-14 this season, bowing out against MI in the Big Ten tournament.

To top that off, Underwood also led the Lumberjacks to three straight NCAA tournaments, including winning two games in those three appearances.

Underwood finished second to Kansas' Bill Self in Big 12 Coach of the Year voting.

His record as a Division I head coach, including 20-13 at Oklahoma State this season, is 109-27. 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. The official was stunned to learn via Twitter that Underwood was going to IL, saying there was no indication he was leaving Oklahoma State. But I like K-State.