Illinois Hires Oklahoma State's Underwood as New Coach

Illinois Hires Oklahoma State's Underwood as New Coach

Underwood will also have $850,000 for three on-court assistants. and said he'll talk to interim coach Jamall Walker about staying on his staff.

That ethic has defined his coaching career.

Holder was victim of an over steer, an over correction, after being burned by a contract with Ford that caused the school to keep the coach that most fans showed they didn't care for (by their absence) for at least two years more than they would have liked.

"I've always been a grinder", he said. They've got really good players and boy did they play hard in their last game.

University spokesman Gary Shutt, when asked for comment from OSU President Burns Hargis, said Holder's statement was that of the university.

Underwood has taken four straight teams - three at Stephen F. Austin and Oklahoma State this past season - to the NCAA Tournament and he sees no reason to expect anything less. Underwood has made the NCAA Tournament all four years as a top guy, but three of those came out of a weak Southland Conference and OSU needed a miraculous winning streak to get a bid.

Underwood probably decided that a relationship with IL, which started at $3 million, was a better relationship. The Illini are going to push the boundaries of how aggressive coaches are willing to go.

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"This is it", Underwood said with a nod. In 2016 he was hired by Oklahoma State. Maybe not. But Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman pulled a stunner, one that breathes life into the Fighting Illini program.

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Last year's Sunday second-round games drew 8.9 million viewers.

"I like the thought of not allowing teams to do what they practice every day", he said during his introductory press conference. "I want what's best for you". (Negotiations) wouldn't have mattered. "This was right. I knew".

He replaced John Groce after five seasons.

"There's no question that Brad Underwood's teams have a strong identity", said Whitman.

He said he initially contacted Underwood's agent Wednesday.

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Underwood didn't speak to Whitman until Saturday, but at that moment it seemed to be a ideal marriage for both parties. Underwood said he needed nearly no time to consider.

Whitman said he relied on colleagues such as IL alumni Jerry Colangelo and Mannie Jackson and Internet research to vet candidates.

The Illini obtain a coach whose offenses sizzle. Black had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

For a second time in as many years, Oklahoma State is in search of a new men's basketball coach. "I worked with good people".

"It's not just about me". Just to go to a bad job to say you've got a title? In between those opportunities, Underwood was entrenched in the state of Illinois for 10 seasons, as an assistant coach for Jim Kerwin at Western Illinois from 1992-2003.

A prediction about her son has come true first for her husband.

As an eighth-grader Underwood attended a basketball camp in Kansas led by former Lou Henson assistant Dick Nagy.

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