Thanks for posting. I listed some quotes that caught my eye. Note he's worked with Gentry a lot. I believe this new role has been a long time coming. Sounds like he approached last year from the standpoint of being a Coach and not a player. I'd go as far as to say last year was an unpaid InternshipHere are a couple articles that illustrate how Tyler has brought value to this program both directly, and through his own personal connections.
"Tyler Underwood said he does post-game breakdowns on the offensive end with Gentry while charting offensive efficiency and other analytics on a team that is head over heels for advanced metrics. Gentry lets Underwood in on how he sees the game, which is helpful given Gentry is one of the main voices behind an Illinois offense that ranks seventh among Division-I teams in offensive efficiency, according to KenPom."
"Coach Gentry told me, ‘I’m going to put more on your plate this year from a coach’s side. This could be a great year for you to really start getting into that mode, still as a player, but kind of get a head start,'" Tyler Underwood said"