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Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

OSU basketball coach Brad Underwood leaves for University of IL

OSU basketball coach Brad Underwood leaves for University of IL

He replaces John Groce, who was sacked last week after five years and just one NCAA Tournament appearance. Underwood got the Stephen F. Austin job after 18 seasons as an assistant and seven as a junior college head coach. 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.

The search for the Fighting Illini's next coach appears to be over.

IL has hired Brad Underwood as its new head basketball coach. Brad's teams play a fast, aggressive style and show unyielding toughness.

Oklahoma State basketball coach Brad Underwood has taken a new job at the University of IL.

"Coaching basketball at the University of IL is a once-in-lifetime opportunity", Underwood said.

Oklahoma State finished fifth in the Big 12 with a 9-9 conference record in a season where the Big 12 was rated as the best conference in the nation.

Underwood was making $1 million per year at Oklahoma State. At $1 million this season, Underwood was the lowest-paid coach in the Big 12, and ESPN's Jeff Goodman says he will make more than double that at IL.

After Kansas State's loss to Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, coach Bruce Weber was asked if he wanted to return and if he expects to return.

Underwood is a 1986 graduate of Kansas State.

Underwood will replace John Groce in Champaign. Groce was 96-75 in five seasons but the Fighting Illini have not made the NCAA Tournament since 2013. He was an assistant coach at Western Illinois from 1992 to 2003. The Illini have reached the second round of the NIT and will face Boise State on Monday. The announcement comes roughly 26 hours after the end of Oklahoma State's season. After starting 10-2, the Cowboys endured a six-game losing streak to open Big 12 play before turning things around with 10 wins in 11 games. The team went 19-14 this season, and the program hasn't gone to the NCAA Tournament since the 2012-13 college basketball season.

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