Brad Underwood's stay in Stillwater, Okla. didn't last long.
The former Oklahoma State basketball coach, who had just watched his 10th-seeded Cowboyslose 92-91 to Michigan on Fridayin the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, has left Oklahoma State after one season for Illinois.
— Josh Whitman (@IlliniAD) March 18, 2017
Underwood signed a five-year deal worth $6.3 million when he accepted the Cowboys' job after leaving Stephen F. Austin. Heis 109–26 in four seasons as a head coach, three at Stephen F. Austin.
Underwood will replace John Groce, who coached Illinois for five seasons.Grocewas 95–75 in five seasons, but made the NCAA tournament just once,his first season as head coach.
The Cowboys were12-20 last season but improved to 20-13 this season under Underwood and led the NCAA in offensive efficiency.
"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 thankJosh Whitmanfor 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!"