Legendary faculty basketball coach Eddie Sutton died Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 84 years aged. Sutton led his teams to three Ultimate Fours in the course of his illustrious coaching profession and won 806 video games prior to his retirement in 2008.
The former Oklahoma Point out participant started his coaching profession at his alma mater 1st as an assistant (1958-59), returning three many years later on to get over as the Cowboys head coach, a position he held from 1990 to 2006 with conference titles in his final two seasons at OSU.
In concerning his 1st coaching gig and his quick stint as the interim head coach at San Francisco in 2007-08, Sutton coached at Southern Idaho, Creighton, Arkansas and Kentucky. Scandal at Kentucky led him back to Oklahoma Point out, but not before the Wildcats accomplished a 90-40 document and an SEC typical-season title. Sutton also gained an AP Mentor of the Yr honor with the Wildcats.
The aforementioned scandal at Kentucky — in which the NCAA approximately handed the Wildcats the dying penalty owing to the range of rules it deemed the software had damaged — trailed Sutton for the relaxation of his existence. He was denied enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Corridor of Fame 6 situations but elected to the elite fraternity previously this spring on his seventh chance. His official, now-posthumous, enshrinement is set for later on this summer.
The Sutton relatives produced a assertion:
Sutton was a winner in all places he went. Only 2 times did he post a shedding document in the course of his profession: as an interim coach at San Francisco and in his final season at Kentucky. He led 4 diverse courses to a mixed 25 NCAA Event appearances.
The Sutton name lives on in faculty basketball prominently via Eddie’s lineage. Two of his three sons, Sean and Scott, are faculty basketball assistant coaches at Texas Tech and Oklahoma Point out, respectively.