Legendary school basketball coach Eddie Sutton dies at 84

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Legendary school basketball coach Eddie Sutton died Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 84 years previous. Sutton led his groups to 3 Closing Fours throughout his illustrious teaching profession and received 806 video games previous to his retirement in 2008. 

The previous Oklahoma State participant started his teaching profession at his alma mater first as an assistant (1958-59), returning three a long time later to take over because the Cowboys head coach, a place he held from 1990 to 2006 with convention titles in his ultimate two seasons at OSU.

In between his first teaching gig and his quick stint because the interim head coach at San Francisco in 2007-08, Sutton coached at Southern Idaho, Creighton, Arkansas and Kentucky. Scandal at Kentucky led him again to Oklahoma State, however not earlier than the Wildcats achieved a 90-40 report and an SEC regular-season title. Sutton additionally earned an AP Coach of the Yr honor with the Wildcats.

The aforementioned scandal at Kentucky — by which the NCAA almost handed the Wildcats the loss of life penalty as a result of variety of guidelines it deemed this system had damaged — trailed Sutton for the remainder of his life. He was denied enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Corridor of Fame six instances however elected to the elite fraternity earlier this spring on his seventh alternative. His formal, now-posthumous, enshrinement is ready for later this summer time.

The Sutton household launched an announcement:

Sutton was a winner in every single place he went. Solely twice did he submit a shedding report throughout his profession: as an interim coach at San Francisco and in his ultimate season at Kentucky. He led 4 completely different packages to a mixed 25 NCAA Event appearances.

The Sutton identify lives on in school basketball prominently by Eddie’s lineage. Two of his three sons, Sean and Scott, are school basketball assistant coaches at Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, respectively.

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