Illinois has hired Oklahoma State’s Brad Underwood, sources told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 18, 2017
In a surprise turn of events, just 24 hours after the tenth-seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys fell to the 7th-seeded Michigan Wolverines in the first round of the NCAA tournament, first-year Oklahoma State head basketball coach Brad Underwood has taken a job as head basketball coach at the University of Illinois. This news comes as a shock to just about everyone as Underwood made major improvements in his lone season in Stillwater and looked primed to lead the Cowboys into a bright future. While the reason for Underwood’s move is unconfirmed at this time, many believe it had to do with how much Oklahoma State Athletic Director Mike Holder was willing to pay Underwood.
— Josh Whitman (@IlliniAD) March 18, 2017
The question in Stillwater now is who is going to replace Underwood? Oklahoma State took its time after firing Travis Ford before hiring Underwood, but without a doubt, there is one option that seems to appeal to long-time Oklahoma State fans: former player Doug Gottlieb. On top of the fact that fans love Gottlieb, it is safe to say that Doug feels the same way.
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) March 18, 2017
While it is unsure how heavily Gottlieb will be considered, there is already a campaign being re-formed using the hashtag #BringDougHome, but a decision will likely not be made until after the NCAA Tournament Championship game.