New Illinois men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood’s contract details have been revealed.
Underwood reportedly will earn a base salary of $2.75 million his first year. His salary will then increase for the remainder of the six-year contract.
The contract details follow Saturday’s news that Underwood agreed to become Illinois’ new coach. Underwood’s hiring came as a surprise considering he coached Oklahoma State on Friday in its loss to Michigan in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
Jeremy Werner of IlliniInquirer.com reports Underwood also gets $1.4 million for a full staff.
Illinois coach Brad Underwood’s contract
- Year 1: $2.75 million
- Year 2: $2.85 million
- Year 3: $2.95 million
- Year 4: $3.05 million
- Year 5: $3.15 million
- Year 6: $3.25 million
— Jeremy Werner (@JWernerScout) March 20, 2017
Underwood comes to Illinois after only one season at Oklahoma State. The 53-year-old led the Cowboys to a 20-13 season. Oklahoma State earned a No. 10 seed in the NCAA tourney, losing to No. 7 Michigan in the first round, 92-91.
Before coaching at Oklahoma State, Underwood led Stephen F. Austin for three seasons. He won at least 28 games all three seasons. He reached the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 twice at the mid-major — in 2014 and 2016. Stephen F. Austin beat VCU in 2014 and took out West Virginia in 2016.
Illinois coach Brad Underwood year-by-year career record
- 2013-14: Stephen F. Austin, 32-3, NCAA second round
- 2014-15: Stephen F. Austin, 29-5, NCAA first round
- 2015-16: Stephen F. Austin, 28-6, NCAA second round
- 2016-17: Oklahoma State, 20-13, NCAA first round
Underwood follows John Groce, who was 96-75 in five seasons with the Illini. He made the NCAA Tournament only once, in his first season. He was fired after going 18-14 this season.