Twitter and the Illini hoops hire
One week after firing John Groce, Illinois has found its new basketball coach, hiring Brad Underwood away from Oklahoma State. Nearly five hours after the official announcement, the new Illini hoops leader is still trending on Twitter.
A look at social media and Illinois basketball colliding ...
From Facebook, here are my in-depth thoughts on Illinois' hire of Brad Underwood: pic.twitter.com/E1DLy1YaCz
— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) March 18, 2017
GREAT HIRE!! RT @GoodmanESPN: Illinois has hired Oklahoma State’s Brad Underwood, sources told ESPN.
— Mac Irvin Fire (@TheMacIrvinFire) March 18, 2017
I tapped out 10 very excited reactions to the Illini's hiring of Brad Underwood. https://t.co/F5jg2xhmEW
— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) March 18, 2017
Not sure any athletic director has so dramatically changed a culture in 12 months than what Josh Whitman has done at Illinois.
— Steve Layman (@SteveLayman) March 18, 2017
I have known Brad Underwood since he was Bob Huggins assistant at K-State. Great guy, outstanding recruiter and a helluva coach.
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) March 18, 2017
Incredible. An AMAZING hire by Illinois. https://t.co/kOLeDSjWti
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 18, 2017
— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) March 19, 2017
— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) March 19, 2017
And some thoughts from Illini fans ...
— Santamoniker (@Santamoniker) March 18, 2017
@nbaliva are there seriously Illini fans who DON'T love this hire?? Have they ever seen Underwood's teams play? It's a freaking grand slam
— Joe McCann (@JoeMcCann3) March 18, 2017
— Sean Pinkerton (@gummpink) March 18, 2017
As an Illini alum, persuaded and satisfied. https://t.co/hxDCwNaNJ3
— Michael Saken (@sakenlaw) March 18, 2017
— Skrrt Kittner (@mharvey847) March 18, 2017
And a few who weren't all the way sold ...
Brad Underwood new Illini coach. I thought they would go bigger. Need to keep Chicago kids in state.
— Coach Finnin (@CHSASCYCLONES) March 18, 2017
Illinois got Underwood b/c he had a grievance w/ OSU. Not because the Illini refused to "settle for mediocrity."
— Adam Hunsucker (@Adam_Hunsucker) March 18, 2017
I seem to be in the minority, but the Underwood hire is really underwhelming to me. I hope I'm wrong, but I feel like it's Weber 2.0 #Illini
— Aaron Smith (@IlliniSmitty) March 18, 2017