Oklahoma State head basketball coach Brad Underwood is leaving the school after one season to become the new head coach at Illinois. Underwood went 20-13 in one season with the Cowboys and led OSU to the NCAA tournament in his only season.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports that Underwood's deal with Illinois is for six years and will pay him three million dollars a season. That triples his salary per season that he was making at Oklahoma State.
Underwood released this statement through the Illinois athletic department, "Coaching basketball at the University of Illinois is a once-in-lifetime opportunity," Underwood said. "The players, fans and administration at Oklahoma State have been absolutely incredible, and I want to thank them for the support they've given me and my family over the last year. 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. I can't wait to get started with our team. Next season can't get here fast enough for me!"
Oklahoma State Athletic Director Mike Holder released a statement regarding Underwood's departure saying, “We are saddened and disappointed in Brad’s decision to leave Oklahoma State after one year. We are trying to digest this news.”