On the same day TCU made a big splash with their head coaching hire, Oklahoma State announced that former Stephen F. Austin coach Brad Underwood will become its new head men’s basketball coach, replacing the fired Travis Ford.
Despite a push from former player and broadcaster Doug Gottlieb, the University went the more traditional route, landing Brad Underwood who is coming off of an enormous amount of success at a mid-major.
Brad Underwood went an incredible 89-14 in three seasons at Stephen F. Austin and is coming off a second-round loss in the NCAA tournament to No. 6 seed Notre Dame. Underwood was named Southland Conference Coach of the Year three times.
Brad Underwood said in a statement, “Oklahoma State has unparalleled tradition, history and culture. The fan support, the noise and the home court advantage is what I remember most about Gallagher-Iba Arena, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of that now. I played in Gallagher-Iba back in the Big Eight days, and then going back as an opposing coach, I can tell you that it’s one of the best venues in the nation. We’re going to have a lot of fun, and I’m excited as heck about the opportunity to get to know the community of Stillwater, and the OSU family.”
Pete’s take: Brad Underwood is the smart hire by Mike Holder and Co. Doug Gottlieb would’ve been a splash, but ultimately, they needed a guy with the experience. I think Gottlieb can coach at any level, but he needs to cut his chops somewhere first. Hiring Doug Gottlieb would be like electing Donald Trump … I’ll have plenty more on that thought in Tuesday’s podcast.
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