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...