Get to know new Illinois basketball coach Brad Underwood

Get to know new Illinois basketball coach Brad Underwood

Illinois is going to play fast under new coach Brad Underwood. Speed being Underwood’s thing, I had to ask him 10 rapid fire questions when he visited the BTN studio Tuesday.

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Get to know the new Illinois coach below.

1. Favorite athlete growing up? Roger Staubach for football. Jerry West for hoops.

2. Best advice from a coach? Work hard and good things will happen to you.

3. If you weren’t a coach, you’d be? An anchor, a sports anchor.

4. Favorite basketball movie? Hoosiers

5. First basketball memory? Al McGuire’s Marquette team.

6. Favorite vacation spot? Cayman Islands

7. First car? ’71 CadillacĀ Eldorado convertible, white. I wish I still had it.

8. Deep dish or thin crust? Deep dish!

9. Guilty pleasure? Good red wine and a good cigar.

10. Favorite band? I love Boston. Eagles, too.

Bonus: That orange tie make it with you from Oklahoma State? Yep!

Brent Yarina, Senior Editor senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men's basketball for Find all of his work here. Follow him on Twitter, too (@BTNBrentYarina). Looking for BTN on TV or tablet? Bookmark our TV schedule and BTN2Go event schedule.