Whirlwind Continues For Brad Underwood

New Cowboys head coach Brad Underwood will be representing Oklahoma State when he travels to New York City on Friday to be in the CBS/TBS studios for this weekend's coverage of the NCAA Tournament.

The whirlwind that started for Brad Underwood last Sunday with a tough and heart-breaking loss to Notre Dame 76-75 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and culminated in his Monday decision to accept the offer to coach Oklahoma State and was confirmed with a celebration of the floor of Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday continued on Thursday with a series of media interviews, dedicated time for individual meetings with current players, more phone calls to signed but uncertain recruits, and also some continued education on his new hometown of Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Underwood will see his life speed up rather than slow down as Friday he will board a flight to New York City and spend time in the CBS/TBS studios for NCAA Tournament coverage. The appearance will be a big dose of exposure for the Cowboys program that has been on the sidelines of college basketball since losing the play-in game in the Big 12 Tournament to Kansas State. 

Also, in New York City it is likely that Underwood will come face to face with Doug Gottlieb, the former Oklahoma State point guard, current CBS broadcaster and an early people's/student choice for the job that Underwood accepted on Monday. I'd like to be there for that first conversation, but I know Gottlieb and I think I know Underwood pretty well too. At least I know what he stands for. The two will get along. Basketball and Oklahoma State can be two very aligning topics when both parties have positive and emotional feelings for both. Those two men do. 

However, creating an alliance and a relationship with Gottlieb is not at the top of the list for Underwood. He has the right idea, the current players at Oklahoma State and the signed recruits are priority number one.

Underwood has a plan and seems ready to go. He knows what's what. Cowboys fans are nervous about it and especially Big 12 Freshman of the Year Juwan Evans. My guess is that Evans will want to know staff, particularly who would help him along with Underwood in becoming the best point guard he can be.

I think Evans joins fifth-year senior Phil Forte and most of the OSU current players to form the nucleus to the turnaround season that Underwood's former boss Frank Martin predicts his friend will direct next season in Stillwater.

"I've never played in an NCAA Tournament game and I'd like to do that," Forte said Wednesday. "I'd like to go to the Sweet 16 or make a run at a Final Four." 

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