Monday , Feb , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Sutton takes leave of absence

Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) – Oklahoma State University announced Monday
that head basketball coach Eddie Sutton will take a medical leave of absence
for the remainder of the season while he recovers from injuries sustained in a
car accident on Friday.

In addition, The Oklahoman reported Monday that Sutton was cited by police
following the accident for suspicion of driving under the influence.

However, a release issued by the school on its website made no mention of the
citation, just that Sutton was talking a leave of absence.

“Coach Sutton has been dealing with constant back and hip problems the last
couple of seasons and after last Fridays accident he feels this is the best
decision for his health and for the team,” said Oklahoma State president David
Schmidly.

No decision has yet been made of Sutton’s plans for next season.

“After Friday’s events, I know it is best to go on medical leave the remainder
of the season to address my future health,” said Sutton. “It is very
difficult to step away from the team. But I know they are in great hands.”

Sean Sutton, Oklahoma State’s head-coach designate and Eddie Sutton’s son,
will take over the team for the rest of the season.

OKLAHOMAST