Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, March 18, 2017

Illinois has hired Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood as its new men's basketball coach, Illinois AD Josh Whitman announced Saturday afternoon.

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Underwood, whose Cowboys lost to Big Ten tourney champ Michigan in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Friday, was on campus Saturday to finalize the deal.

The former Cowboys coach spent one season in Stillwater, Oklahoma, after making his head coaching debut with Stephen F. Austin, where he won three Southland Conference titles in as many years and won one tournament game in 2014 and 2016.

Here's some of the Twitter reaction to the hire: