The dynamics of Illinois and Indiana's basketball programs are different, but the desires of their fan bases as new coaches take over are similar: Get the program back to some version of what it used to be.
Illinois is going to play fast under new coach Brad Underwood. Speed being Underwood's thing, I had to ask him some rapid fire questions when he visited the BTN studio Tuesday. Get to know the new Illinois coach below.
Illinois has its new coach: It’s Brad Underwood from Oklahoma State. Underwood, 53, offers hope for a program that has missed the last four NCAA tourneys. Illinois hasn’t gone that long without a Big Dance appearance since missing the event from 1964-1980.
University of Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman has taken the first step in helping Illinois Basketball return to a place of national prominence by hiring Brad Underwood as the 18th Fighting Illini men's head coach.
Illinois has hired Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood as its new men's basketball coach, Illinois AD Josh Whitman announced Saturday afternoon. See Twitter reaction to the hiring inside.