Brad Underwood Named Illinois Head Coach, Leaves Oklahoma State

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IL has hired Brad Underwood as its new head basketball coach.

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

Underwood's contract at Oklahoma State was for $6.3 million over five seasons, and was paid just $1 million for his first year in Stillwater.

MI knocked Oklahoma State out of this year's Big Dance on Friday in a 92-91 seesaw battle.

In three seasons at Stephen F. Austin, Underwood led the Lumberjacks to an 89-14 overall record and a 53-1 conference mark. All of that gave Underwood a solid foundation when he finally became a Division I head coach at Stephen F. Austin in 2013. The announcement comes roughly 26 hours after the end of Oklahoma State's season. He was also an assistant coach for the Wildcats from 2006-12.

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

The Cowboys were a top-10 team in scoring during the regular season, averaging 85.5 points per game. However, during my time at Western Illinois, I always saw the Illinois coaching job as one of the truly best in the nation. 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.

On the periphery was Kansas State. Will Underwood retain current interim head coach Jamall Walker? He joined Bob Huggins' staff at Kansas State in 2006 after seven seasons coaching in junior college and almost a decade as an obscure assistant at Western Illinois.

Underwood is a 1986 graduate of Kansas State. He stayed with Frank Martin after Huggins left for West Virginia and went along to SC when Martin left K-State. 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.

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