Coaching carousel shocker! Underwood leaves Okie State after one year for Illinois

Five Power 5 jobs are open, including Washington where Reno’s Eric Musselman tops the list.

In a rare move, Brad Underwood left one Power 5 school for another. Why is it rare? Underwood bolted Stillwater, Ok. after just one season.

Why? We don’t have all the details. Could it all be about the money?

It’s a possibility. The Cowboys deal with Underwood only paid him 6.3 mill over five years. That made him the lowest paid coach in the Big 12. Even perennial doormat TCU is paying Jamie Dixon over $2 million per season.

Illinois is still alive in the NIT. Underwood won’t start until this season officially finished.

Musselman has appeared on lists for jobs at LSU, Cal and Washington. The Huskies because of $3.9 million owed to former coach Lorenzo Romar, may be in the weakest position in terms of salary potential. Add Indiana, and now Oklahoma State to the list of big conference openings.

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Author: Steve Cofield

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