Illinois' Brad Underwood responds to rumors about job at Kansas State
Illinois is about to embark on another NCAA Tournament appearance, but that hasn’t stopped some from speculating about Brad Underwood’s future with the program. A recent coaching change in the Big 12 has some thinking he could be headed out of Champaign.
Bruce Weber stepped down as the head coach at Kansas State after the team’s elimination from the Big 12 Tournament last week. Underwood, a Kansas State graduate, spent a good amount of time in Manhattan as an assistant, working on the staff from 2006-12.
When asked about how he handles the rumors about leaving Illinois, Underwood had a strong comment.
“I don’t,” Underwood said, per 247Sports. “I would never discuss anything professionally with you guys like that, but man, I love Illinois. We’ve got the best fans. We’ve got a great boss. We’ve got a Top 10 program. We’re winning B1G championships, we’re winning championships. I’m very singular as you guys know, and I can’t control what people say and people think, but I’m not worried about that.”
Underwood led Illinois to a B1G regular season title this year, finishing with a 22-9 record and a 15-5 mark in B1G play. The Illini earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will play No. 13 seed Chattanooga in the opening round.
Last season, Illinois earned a No. 1 seed in the field after winning the B1G Tournament and finishing second in the conference standings for the regular season.
Underwood is in his fifth season at Illinois. He’s guided the team to a 93-65 record overall and a 55-43 mark in conference play. The Illini have finished with a winning record each of the last 3 seasons.