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College basketball: Illinois hires Brad Underwood as coach

College basketball: Illinois hires Brad Underwood as coach

Oklahoma State Coach Brad Underwood is leaving Stillwater for Illinois after just one season, calling the chance to lead the Fighting Illini a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Underwood spent three successful seasons at Stephen F. Austin before signing on to coach Oklahoma State for the 2016-17 season. The Cowboys got off to a rough start to Big 12 play before rallying down the stretch to land an NCAA Tournament bid.

Oklahoma State fell to seventh-seeded Michigan, 92-91, on Friday, closing out Underwood's only season in Stillwater.

“We were looking for a proven winner who would build upon our proud tradition while developing an unmistakable identity for Illinois...

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