Brad Underwood bounced to Illinois in a shocking move on Saturday just hours after his team’s first round loss to Michigan. He might have done it because of the money. Or he might have done it because he likes Illinois. Or maybe even because of a fractured relationship with Mike Holder.
Here are his contract details that were released on Monday.
- Six years, $18 million
- $2.75 million in year one
- $3.25 million in final year
— Jeremy Werner (@JWernerScout) March 20, 2017
What’s interesting about the contract is that Underwood reportedly left Stillwater because he wanted $2.9-3 million a year from Oklahoma State. Holder (apparently) told him he would get him to $3 million by the fifth year. Underwood is getting it in Year 4 which is not all that much better.
Also Holder allegedly offered him $2.2 million next season which is not that far away from the $2.75 million Underwood will get from Illinois.
This sort of reeks of a combination of more money and less Holder which, I guess, is not all that different from what we have all been thinking for the last few days. He would have received less money overall in Stillwater, but not that much less. And we’re talking about a guy who turned down more money from UNLV and St. Louis last year to come to Oklahoma State.