Oklahoma State’s Sutton retires
Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) – Oklahoma State head men’s basketball coach
Eddie Sutton, who is just two wins shy of 800 for his career, announced his
retirement on Friday.
Sutton also announced that he will stay with the school with a new job in the
alcohol education and support department at the university.
Sutton was forced to take a medical leave of absence in February for the
remainder of this past season while he recovered from injuries sustained in an
alcohol-related car accident.
Sutton’s son, Sean, will take over for his father. He assumed the reigns of
the OSU program after his father’s medical leave.
“I know that this is the right decision,” said Sutton at a news conference.
“It is my unwavering belief that Sean will continue the winning tradition with
this basketball program that I’ve been fortunate to be a part of during my
Sutton was eventually charged with driving under the influence, driving left
of center in a marked zone and speeding after the accident. He had a blood
alcohol level of .22 — well over Oklahoma’s legal mark of .08 — at the
time of the accident, which also involved another vehicle.
He has pleaded no contest to the DUI charge.
A 36-year college coaching veteran, Sutton has a career record of 798-315.
That includes four wins he received credit for after taking his leave. The
wins are fifth-most on the NCAA Division I list, trailing Dean Smith
(879), Adolph Rupp (876), Bobby Knight (867) and Jim Phelan (830).
Sutton, who previously coached at Creighton, Arkansas and Kentucky, was the
first coach in NCAA history to lead four different schools to the national
tournament and was joined in the exclusive club by Lefty Driesell and Jim
Harrick following the 2000-01 campaign.
The 70-year-old coach has previously acknowledged going to the Betty Ford
Clinic in the 1980s for a prior alcohol problem. He also completed another
stint in rehab after the recent crash.