Thursday , Apr , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Tennessee Tech’s Sutton remains in critical condition

Norfolk, VA (Sports Network) – Tennessee Tech men’s head basketball coach Mike
Sutton remains in critical but stable condition in a Virginia hospital, where
he is battling a rare disease.

The 49-year-old Sutton was admitted Sunday to Bon Secours DePaul Medical
Center after being originally being diagnosed with Miller Fisher Syndrome, a
disease which attacks the immune system. However, doctors now say he is
suffering from Guillain Barre Syndrome, an inflammatory disorder of the
peripheral nerves.

The illness is characterized by weakness and numbness or tingling in the legs
and arms, and possible loss of movement and feeling in the legs, arms, upper
body, and face.

Associate head coach Steve Payne is overseeing the day-to-day operations of
the basketball team in Sutton’s absence.

Tennessee Tech finished the 2004-05 season with an 18-11 record. The Golden
Eagles lost to Austin Peay in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference
Tournament after winning the conference’s regular season title.