Legendary coach Eddie Sutton has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Legendary college basketball coach Eddie Sutton has passed away. He was 84.

Sutton’s death was first reported by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The newspaper said that he had been in hospice care recently before his passing.

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He died in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to the story.

He passed away weeks after he was named to the Class of 2020 for the Basketball Hall of Fame. He will now be honored posthumously when the Class of 2020 is honored in Springfield, Mass. later this year.  

This honor comes nine years after he was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

As a men’s basketball coach, he is one of eight head coaches at the Division I level to have more than 800 career wins. He ended his career with an 806-326 record.

Sutton also went 84-14 at the junior college level. He coached the Southern Idaho Golden Eagles for three seasons.

After coaching the Golden Eagles, he also coached the Creighton Bluejays, Arkansas Razorbacks, Kentucky Wildcats, Oklahoma State Cowboys, and the San Francisco Dons. During the 2007-08 season, he served as an interim head coach, going 6-13.

The legendary Sutton was twice named the Associated Press Coach of the Year in 1978 and 1986. He was also named the NABC Coach of the Year in 1986.

He was also named the Henry Iba Award winner in 1977. Sutton won the SWC Coach of the Year Award four-times in 1975, 1977, 1979, and 1981.

He also received the SEC Coach of the Year Award in 1986. The Big East Conference named him their Coach of the Year in 1993.

Sutton was twice named the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2004.

He is survived by his three sons Sean Sutton, Scott Sutton, and Steve Sutton. His wife Patsy previously passed away.

Sean and Scott are both in the coaching field, like their father. Sean is the Advisor to the head coach with the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Scott is the assistant coach for the Cowboys.

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Dear Coach, thank you. You told us that life was hard, but if we could make it through your practices, we could achieve anything. You were right. You told us that when we play “Oklahoma” or “the Jayhawks” we outta bring a pup tent cause it was war, not for the weak. You were right. Coach you imparted so much wisdom on us, so many simple demands that made us more disciplined men and better teammates, all while giving us the most honest feedback on earth, thank you… it remains an irreplaceable time of growth in all of our lives. Coach you showed us confidence not arrogance. You demanded respect that you have earned and treated us just as you did your own children. Tough but fair.. honest to a fault. Coach, we never forgot to say “I love you” during our phone calls, all of us as teammates still do the same. You brought me personally closer to my dearest of friends, let us represent your (now our) school and gave me the chance to run your team. I personally remain honored, humbled and amazed at what doors simply playing hard for you and my teammates, opened. I cut your grass (and Randall Dickey’s at your rent house)one summer, when you taught me how to use your mower. I had never cut grass before in my life, so you taught me that too… thank you. One more thing Coach, I’m sorry we couldn’t get you your national championship. We all are. The Arkansas guys, the 92 & 94 teams (stacked),the 95 guys, my squad and the 04 team all feel this way. We wanted it for you, for our program, but mostly for you. We played hard, we went to class, we had so much damn fun and let us find ourselves as players and as men. But we are so glad you got into the Naismith Hall of Fame, what we couldn’t finish as a team, finally Springfield recognized. Steve, Sean and Scott lost their dad, and we all lost our 2nd father. Coach, enjoy eternity with Patsy, please send her regards from all her boys down here. With unwavering love and appreciation, Rest In Peace Coach. Loyal and True

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