Tuesday , Apr , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Tennessee Tech coach Sutton in critical condition

Norfolk, VA (Sports Network) – Tennessee Tech men’s head basketball coach Mike
Sutton is in critical condition in a Virginia hospital battling a rare

Sutton, who is on a ventilator, was admitted Sunday to Bon Secours DePaul
Medical Center in Norfolk, VA after being diagnosed with Miller Fisher
Syndrome, a disease which attacks the immune system. The disorder has left him
virtually motionless, although a complete recovery is expected.

“He’s being treated for a viral infection,” Sutton’s wife Karen told the
Herald-Citizen. “He can’t talk and he can barely move his toes. It’s a nasty
virus. He’s wiggling his toes better this morning, better than he was last
evening. He’s on a ventilator and he has a feeding tube and a breathing tube.
There’s about seven bags of stuff hanging around him.”

The 49-year-old Sutton was in Portsmouth, VA with Golden Eagle star forward
Willie Jenkins and some friends of the family. He went to Virginia to watch
Jenkins compete in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament when he began to
feel ill.

Tennessee Tech finished the 2004-05 campaign with an 18-11 record. The Golden
Eagles lost to Austin Peay in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference