Oklahoma State hires SFA’s Underwood as coach

Published 10:51 pm Monday, March 21, 2016

One day after his Stephen F. Austin team narrowly upset Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Brad Underwood accepted the job as Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach.

Oklahoma State made the announcement Monday. Underwood replaces Travis Ford, who mutually agreed with the Stillwater university to part ways after eight seasons.

Underwood graduated from Kansas State in 1986, where he played under former Cowboys football and basketball standout Jack Hartman. Hartman was the last head coach at K-State before current Oklahoma leader Lon Kruger.

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Underwood went 89-14 (53-1 Southland) in three seasons at Stephen F. Austin, winning the Southland Conference Tournament championship each time. His 89 wins tie him with current Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens for most in a coach’s first three seasons.

Notre Dame defeated SFA 76-75 under on a Rex Pflueger tip-in with 1.5 seconds left. SFA led 75-70 late in the game.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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