Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your every day dose of school basketball information from Illini beat author and AP High 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll supply up insights each morning on Brad Underwood’s group:
Brad Underwood developed an excellent relationship with Lovie Smith throughout their respective time in Champaign. They bonded over their occupation, after all, but additionally over east Texas the place Smith grew up and Underwood coached.
Underwood looks like the connection between basketball coach and soccer coach is a crucial one on a school campus. Underwood has spoken with new Illinois soccer coach Bret Bielema. A brand new relationship — an vital relationship — is simply starting to be fashioned.
“It is large,” Underwood mentioned. “There is not any doubt. I actually imagine this — success breeds success, and it’s extremely, very contagious. When soccer will get going within the fall and you are feeling that environment and see everyone strolling round with their heads up and proud and in an excellent temper, that is very, very contagious. Likewise in basketball once they’re bringing recruits into basketball video games, and I get a chance to satisfy with them and go to with the recruits or they arrive to video games and see the environment. That is so, I do not wish to use the phrase contagious, however it’s.
“It is actually vital we have now nice synergy and connectivity, and we’ll. We had an important dialog, and I anticipate many extra. I am right here to assist him in transition and do something I can to help.”