Eddie Sutton dies - dead at 84

Ruben Hill
May 24, 2020

USF lost to Santa Clara 51-50 a day later to end Sutton's coaching career. "He was surrounded by his 3 sons and their families, which include his 9 adoring grandchildren". He is reunited with his No. 1 assistant - his bride Patsy Sutton - who passed away in January 2013 after 54 years of marriage.

"Dad and Mom treated their players like family and always shared the belief that his teachings went beyond the basketball court", the family wrote. "Coach Sutton helped transform the way our state thought about college basketball and provided Razorback fans with countless memories". In 2011, he was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Kentucky basketball legend Rex Chapman played under Coach Sutton for two seasons.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette first reported the news.

Sutton also spent four seasons at Kentucky, though left amid an NCAA investigation into the program and its recruiting practices. He is perhaps best known for his time at Arkansas, where he built the Razorbacks into a national power and reached the 1978 Final Four, and at Oklahoma State, his alma mater, where he led the Cowboys to the Final Four in both 1995 and 2004.

Sutton coached the Cowboys for 16 years from 1990-2006, ranking second in school history in wins (368) and first in win percentage (.709, 368-151), helping the team make 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, including the school's most recent two trips to the Final Four. He won over 800 games during his college coaching career, made three Final Fours (with two different programs), and took four different schools to the NCAA Tournament. He tweeted out a statement last night: "Eddie Sutton was a fascinating and complicated person".

In April, Sutton was named among nine honorees in the Class of 2020 to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, after being a finalist five times.

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