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    Default Welcome Coach Brad Underwood!

    https://twitter.com/IlliniAD/status/843194461194764289 Welcome Coach Brad Underwood! #WeWillWin #ILLINI




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    What kind of teams does he like to run? Guard-oriented, press, post play?

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    Just read that he likes a fast, aggressive style and his teams score a lot. Flyin' Illini coming back?

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    http://www.sportsonearth.com/article...oklahoma-state

    Ten immediate reactions to Illinois' hiring of Brad Underwood away from Oklahoma State to be its new head men's basketball coach, from a devoted alumnus.

    1. As usual, athletic director Josh Whitman is brilliant at keeping his cards close to his chest. Remember how out-of-nowhere the Lovie Smith hire was? No one knew anything, that he was even a candidate, until Whitman posted a picture of himself and Smith on Twitter.

    Well, he did it again.

    Whitman declined to use a search firm in order to minimize leaks, and it worked one more time. No one had any idea that Underwood was even available, and then all of a sudden wham there he is posing in Illini gear with Whitman. Whitman is an Illini alum and a true believer in Illinois as an elite, top-tier program. He has been on the job for one year and has already fired the football coach and the men's and women's basketball coaches. He is not messing around.

    2. Oklahoma State fans probably have a right to be upset. Leaving after one season as a team's head coach is awfully rare in college sports, but that's what Underwood did. There were reports that the Cowboys would give him a raise after underpaying him in his first year, but Underwood wasn't waiting around for that. Oklahoma State is a proud program that hasn't won a tournament game since 2009, a shocking drought for a school with such a history of success in the sport. Now the Cowboys have to start over again. It's not a happy day in Stillwater.

    3. Underwood is a very good coach. Underwood coached Stephen F. Austin for three seasons, in which the Lumberjacks lost a total of 14 games. This season, under his replacement, they lost 15. In 2015-16, before it hired Underwood, Oklahoma State lost 20 games. In 2016-17, the year it Underwood (with essentially the same players), Oklahoma State won 20 games and reached the NCAA Tournament (losing by one to Michigan on Friday). That's quite a track record.

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    Just read that he likes a fast, aggressive style and his teams score a lot. Flyin' Illini coming back?

    4. He's a new-school, pace-and-space guy. The Cowboys had the most efficient offense in the country, according to KenPom, this year, with a team that started 0-6 in Big 12 play. His teams are point-guard-oriented, charged with spreading the floor and hitting 3-pointers. In other words: He's the analytics-based coach the Illini originally thought they were getting in John Groce.

    5. He already talks like his athletic director. Whitman has electrified previously demoralized Illini fans by appealing to their nostalgia for better days of the past, back when Illinois was a regular Sweet 16 participant and Final Four threat. He talks about Illinois the way Illinois fans think of Illinois, a decade of evidence to the contrary: like an elite, top-tier program. Here's Underwood's quote in the press release: "I always saw the Illinois coaching job as one of the truly best in the nation." There is literally nothing he could have said that Illinois fans would have wanted to hear more.

    6. He has immediate work to do. Groce brought in a top-15 class for next season, a class so impressive that some thought it might allow him to keep his job next year. Underwood needs to work to keep those guys around, namely Jeremiah Tilmon, a top-50 overall center. Sleeper point guard Mark Smith, who has rocketed up boards in his senior year, grew up an Illini fan and was waiting to see whom the new coach would be. Underwood needs to get to work selling quickly.

    7. Underwood's first job has plenty of Illini history.

    8. There won't be much of a honeymoon period. Illinois hasn't been in the tournament since the 2012-13 season. The Illini will have more talent on next year's team than Oklahoma State was thought to have coming into this season, and that's not even accounting for those recruits. Illinois is thought to be a bubble team next year. It would do Underwood well to get the Illini on the right side of it. The Illini faithful are a particularly impatient bunch these days.

    9. This was the best possible hire. Where would Underwood have been on Illini potential coaches lists if anyone had been aware he was available? Probably at the top, right? You don't think Indiana -- a better job than Illinois that just came open -- would have kicked the tires? The Illini weren't getting Tony Bennett, or Archie Miller, or Gregg Marshall, and they probably wouldn't have been the right fit anyway. This hire surprised people, and it instantly gives Illinois a coach who plays an exciting style and has been wildly successful everywhere he has been. As an Illini alum, I'm doing backflips.

    10. Writing this was a lot better than watching Northwestern play in the NCAA Tournament, which was happening as I typed this. Evanston's Third Big Ten Team has become a legitimate underdog story -- in the face of all logic and reason -- at the NCAA Tournament, while the Illini get ready to host Boise State in the NIT. Brad Underwood's job is to make sure nothing like this travesty ever, ever happens again.

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    Annual salary: 1 million USD

    Makes me feel like he's on a prove it deal? I haven't looked at the details of his contract.

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    Annual salary: 1 million USD

    Makes me feel like he's on a prove it deal? I haven't looked at the details of his contract.
    No that was his salary at OSU( I thought)

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    2.5 - 3 million.

    Almost tripled his salary.

    Ok State AD will be skewered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DezBears View Post
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    Annual salary: 1 million USD

    Makes me feel like he's on a prove it deal? I haven't looked at the details of his contract.
    18 mil for 6 years is what is being reported. No prove it deal. He wasn't happy OS wasn't giving him a better deal going forward.

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    2.5 - 3 million.

    Almost tripled his salary.

    Ok State AD will be skewered.
    He already is. Fans are clamoring for Doug Gottleib

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    As AD?

    I thought they wanted him as coach.

    Gottlieb is a worm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TL1961 View Post
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    As AD?

    I thought they wanted him as coach.

    Gottlieb is a worm.
    You are correct on both accounts. I misread some tweets. Wasn't Gottleib found guilty of some credit card fraud while at OSU?

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    Great hire and totally not in the discussions of who they were looking at. Whitman is a fantastic AD.

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    This looks good.

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    It's a good hire, and I am anything but an Illinois fan, so take that as you will. This being said, his first order of duty should be to offer $700,000 to one of the following four people:
    Nick Irvin
    Robert Smith
    Tyrone Slaughter
    Michael Olliver

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    Does he have any ties to Chicago recruiting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gustavus Adolphus View Post
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    It's a good hire, and I am anything but an Illinois fan, so take that as you will. This being said, his first order of duty should be to offer $700,000 to one of the following four people:
    Nick Irvin
    Robert Smith
    Tyrone Slaughter
    Michael Olliver
    He plays a brand of basketball that AAU will love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gustavus Adolphus View Post
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    It's a good hire, and I am anything but an Illinois fan, so take that as you will. This being said, his first order of duty should be to offer $700,000 to one of the following four people:
    Nick Irvin
    Robert Smith
    Tyrone Slaughter
    Michael Olliver
    Heard he may be after Dennis Gates, who played for Whitney Young and has been an outstanding recruiter for awhile now, currently at FSU.

    Also, total budget for three assistants is about $850k, which is actually a good sum. Not many make more than $250k.

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