Stunner in Stillwater…
About the time I think we are through with basketball for this year, OSU lays an egg and gives me another plot line.
The best basketball coach to hit Stillwater since Eddie Sutton has decided to move on…. More importantly, for OU fans the guy who single-handedly turned the tables on OU in one season is leaving. What the heck happened?
Could it be that recruiting players to the middle of nowhere was harder than expected? Or, possibly, Underwood decided at age 55 that he did not want to spend his twilight years playing 2nd banana to Mike Gundy? Or could it be that T. Boone was not getting enough T.V. time and became disenchanted with basketball?
Regardless of the reason/s, Underwood is off to coach the Fighting Illini and in my opinion, good riddance. This guy can flat out coach…He coached a rag-tag Sam Houston State team to the sweet sixteen last year and got OSU into the tournament for the first time in a decade.
As soon as Travis Ford was fired last year, I knew Brad Underwood would be the next OSU coach and unfortunately I was right. The good news is that his stay on the Swine Farm was short lived.
While I know T. Boone has a bottomless pit of money, I also know he has an ego that has to be constantly stroked by his coaches. He expects everyone in Stillwater to kiss his ring and if a head coach hesitates the least bit they are done.
Underwood’s asking price of $3 million dollars combined with Travis Ford’s $2 million dollar yearly buyout may have been more than T. Boone was willing to pay without Brad Underwood’s undying affection.
When you sell your soul to the devil, you serve at the devil’s pleasure. OSU sold their soul to T. Boone and as a result the move just caught them a really good coach.
In any case, OU fans will take it…we have Lon Kruger who is his own man and we are okay with that. More importantly, OU basketball will be alive and well next season while OSU breaks in another new coach.
That is why the call them Aggies…