Illinois inks Brad Underwood to contract extension
Thanks to the success Illinois has enjoyed on the hardwood this season, head coach Brad Underwood has earned a contract extension.
Illinois announced on Monday that it has agreed to a three-contract extension with Underwood. That will keep the head coach in Champaign through the 2025-2026 season. Details have to be approved by the University of Illinois Board of Regents.
Underwood’s extension comes as Illinois sits ranked in the Associated Press poll at No. 23 with a 20-9 record. The Fighting Illini are one game behind Maryland for the top spot in the B1G standings. The success comes after Illinois went just 26-39 overall in Underwood’s first two seasons with the program.
The Illini have essentially locked up a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
According to Illini Inquirer, the new extension increases Underwood’s base salary to $3.4 million. He will earn $4.0 million in the 2025-26 season, the final year of his contract.
Illinois closes out the regular season with a road trip to Ohio State on Thursday and hosting Iowa on Sunday before heading into the B1G Tournament.