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John E. Hoover: Brad Underwood leaving Oklahoma State for Illinois

John E. Hoover: Brad Underwood leaving Oklahoma State for Illinois

Illinois announced on Saturday that it had hired Brad Underwood from Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma State basketball coach Brad Underwood is leaving Stillwater to take the job at Illinois.

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman tweeted the official news at 3:16 p.m. Saturday.

“Welcome Coach Brad Underwood! ” Whitman tweeted.

Earlier, ESPN college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman broke the news.

“Illinois has hired Oklahoma State’s Brad Underwood, sources told ESPN,” Goodman tweeted.

Later, CBS Sports’ Garry Parrish reported the same thing.

“Brad Underwood is leaving Oklahoma State to coach Illinois, a source told . Was vastly underpaid at OSU,” Parrish tweeted.

Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Franchise will have more as this story develops.

According to multiple reports, Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood has left Stillwater to take the job at Illinois.

John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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