Brad Underwood was introduced as the new Illinois head basketball coach on Monday, and he basically recited his press conference notes from one year ago in Stillwater.
Underwood’s contract was released — 6 years, $18 million — and Underwood talked about how elite Illinois is as a program. Then at the end he forgot where he was and … uhhh … was that a Go Pokes, Brad?
Fellow Pokes, old habits die hard, am I right?🔫🍊 pic.twitter.com/NrArgjpCeN
— Annice McEwan (@WCIA3Annice) March 20, 2017
The whole thing is a little cringe-worthy. He kind of stumbles through a lot of it. Honestly, I would respect coaches a lot more if they just said, “Look, I got paid. A lot of money. Yuuuge money. You would have left, too.”
That’s not necessarily a Brad Underwood-specific problem, but it is irksome.
— Dylan Buckingham (@DylanBuckingham) March 20, 2017