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Oklahoma State hires Brad Underwood and K-State fans unleash anger at John Currie

Brad Underwood is leaving Stephen F. Austin for the Big 12, but not back to K-State.
Brad Underwood is leaving Stephen F. Austin for the Big 12, but not back to K-State. AP

Oklahoma State hired Brad Underwood as its new men’s basketball coach on Monday night.

A lot of K-State fans are happy for Underwood, a McPherson, Kan., native who played for the Wildcats and served as an assistant coach before leading Stephen F. Austin to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including a near-run to the Sweet 16 as a No. 14 seed this season.

And now we get to the angry part.

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a group of K-State fans who don’t particularly like their current coach, Bruce Weber, or his boss, athletic director John Currie. It’s a sentiment captured in this column by Powercat Illustrated’s Tim Fitzgerald. A #BringBackBrad hashtag also started on Twitter. But it didn’t happen.

Those are some of the more tame comments against Currie. To be fair, there were a few words of support in Currie’s Twitter feed Monday night. But the overwhelming response was negative.

Here’s one example, a response to Currie’s post today about upgrades at the football stadium:

So far, Currie hasn’t responded to the negative tweets headed his way.

Chris Fickett: 816-234-4354, @ChrisFickett

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