Eddie Sutton, who took two completely different faculties to the Remaining 4 throughout a Corridor of Fame teaching profession that spanned 5 many years, has died. He was 84.
Sutton’s household stated in a press release early Sunday that he died of pure causes at his dwelling in South Tulsa, Okla., surrounded by family members. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Saturday evening that Sutton had been in hospice care.
Sutton was voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame final April, an honor a lot of his supporters believed ought to have been awarded him years earlier. He recorded 806 wins, 11th all time in NCAA Division I, over 37 seasons, and took 4 faculties to the NCAA Match (Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State). He additionally coached San Francisco for half a season in 2007-08.
He led Arkansas (1978) and Oklahoma State (1995, 2004) to the Remaining 4, shedding within the nationwide semifinals every time.
His profession additionally had signifcant private low factors.
He left Kentucky beneath strain in 1989 amid an NCAA investigation that culminated in harsh sanctions towards this system. Sutton insisted he was harmless. The Democrat-Gazette, in its story, recalled his struggles with alcohol on the time and later in life. The Related Press famous Sutton’s 2006 arrest on expenses of aggravated DUI and visitors offenses, to which he pleaded no contest.
Sutton was in control of Oklahoma State’s program in 2001 when two gamers, six staffers and two pilots have been killed in a aircraft crash after a sport at Colorado.
Some early reactions by high-profile basketball individuals to Sutton’s demise:
Expensive Coach, thanks. You advised us that life was laborious, but when we may make it by your practices, we may obtain something. You have been proper.
You advised us that after we play “Oklahoma” or “the Jayhawks” we outta… https://t.co/BPS8FgndJc
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) Might 24, 2020
Eddie Sutton was an enchanting and sophisticated individual. He additionally was an unbelievable instructor of the sport of basketball. I used to be lucky and fortunate to have realized from him. Grateful.
Corridor. Of. Famer.
Thanks, Coach Ed.
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) Might 24, 2020
Unhappy evening tonight! Misplaced an necessary man in my life. Taught me the sport of basketball like no different, however extra importantly helped me develop as a person! RIP coach sutton! I really like you
— Scott Hastings (@ScottHastings) Might 24, 2020
My household and I need to categorical our condolences to the Sutton household. Coach Sutton was a particular Coach, father determine, pal, and he can be without end missed!!! pic.twitter.com/TxPN1g6ZYI
— Corey Williams (@CoachWilliams12) Might 24, 2020
Oh wow, one of many good guys is now with God! Thank u Coach Sutton for being a pal. My prayers r with the Sutton household https://t.co/KTTHVtiAC9
— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) Might 24, 2020