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.
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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