College Basketball Coaching Legend Eddie Sutton Passes Away at 84
By Michael Luciano
Late last night, college basketball was dealt with the grim news that one of the sport's greatest coaches passed away.
Eddie Sutton, who made a habit of jumping around the country and rebuilding programs into big-time winners, died at the age of 84.
Sutton is one of just eight coaches with 800 wins, and he was the first coach to take four different schools to the NCAA Tournament.
After a solid stint at Creighton, Sutton landed at Arkansas, where he built the Razorbacks into an SEC power. Sutton made the trip to Kentucky, where he went 75-20 in his first three seasons, but he left after a notorious scandal following the 1989 campaign.
His next stop was Oklahoma State, where he coached for 15 seasons. On the back of players like Doug Gottlieb and Bryant Reeves, Sutton won 368 games in Stillwater, making the NCAA tournament 12 times and getting to the Final Four in 2003-04. The four-time Coach of the Year was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020, but he passed before we could hear what would have been an emotional speech.
Sutton quietly built one of the most impressive resumes in college basketball history, turning losing programs into consistent winners several times over. Several huge college programs lost a treasured member of their family with his passing.