"I am excited to welcome Brad Underwood, his wife Susan, and their three children to the Fighting Illini family", Whitman said.
The University of IL says it hired Brad Underwood as its men's basketball coach, a day after Underwood's Oklahoma State team lost to MI on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.
Underwood's hiring occurs exactly one year after he coached 14th-seeded Stephen F. Austin to a double-digit win over West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament.
Underwood was at Oklahoma State for just one year, guiding the Cowboys to a 20-13 record and fifth-place finish in the Big 12.
IL has found its next coach, hiring Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood.
"Coaching basketball at the University of IL is a once-in-lifetime opportunity", Underwood said.
As for Florida point guard Trent Frazier, Underwood and Walker will have to convince him that he is still the guy that can lead the IL men's basketball program to the next level. Underwood led OSU back to the NCAA Tournament, losing 92-91 to MI on Friday.
Underwood, 53, is 109-27 as a head coach with tournament wins over VCU and Notre Dame when he was at Stephen F. Austin.
Oklahoma State went through an up-and-down season in Stillwater. 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.
For a second time in as many years, Oklahoma State is in search of a new men's basketball coach.
The Cowboys were a top-10 team in scoring during the regular season, averaging 85.5 points per game. "But from the outside looking in, it looked to me like OSU and Brad fit very, very well". 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. Will Underwood retain current interim head coach Jamall Walker?
"Coaching basketball at the University of IL is a once-in-lifetime opportunity", Underwood said. He played for the legendary Jack Hartman, K-State's all-time winningest coach.