Monday , Feb , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

I guess not all coaches are insane … just most

Though this contradicts my “corrupt coaches” rant, there’s something to be said for those who leave a mark on the students and the university as whole.

I still hate Krzyzewski, don’t get me wrong. I’m referring to Oklahoma State’s Eddie Sutton. His team destroyed No. 6 Texas 81-60. As Sutton’s son, Sean Sutton, filled in while the senior is on medical leave after being injured in a car accident while driving drunk, Oklahoma State came up with a huge win in his favor.
Though he wasn’t physically present, the elder Sutton had an obvious impact on his players. They had lost seven of their previous games eight games, but somehow managed to award Sutton with his 795th career win.
If his players’ inspirational performance wasn’t enough evidence that they respect their coach, the signs and Eddie Sutton faces painted on shirts among the fans certainly did.
As cheesy as this may sound, it’s apparent that motivation and determination can take a team anywhere. The Cowboys were obviously determined to give their troubled coach a win. While there are probably more obnoxious coaches than there are sane ones in college basketball, every once in a while it’s nice to notice those who are successful without being completely intolerable.
So yeah, Sutton was charged with DUI. And yeah, that’s definitely not a good message to portray to college kids. But he seems to have shown them that they can be victorious if they put it all on the floor.
While I pointed out the coaches off the deep end, I feel it’s only right to point out those who are level-headed as well.
Roy Williams … Paul Hewitt. Keep it up guys.