Eddie Sutton, Legendary College Basketball Coach and Hall of Famer, Dies at 84




Before his final run at Oklahoma, Sutton was hired by Kentucky for the 1985-86 season. During that time and he led the Wildcats to a 32-4 record, as well as an Elite Eight appearance.

However, after only four seasons, Sutton resigned from his position in the midst of an NCAA investigation into the basketball program after Emery Worldwide air freight workers found $1,000 allegedly sent from Wildcats assistant coach Dwane Casey to the father of Kentucky recruit Chris Mills.

Sutton and Casey have maintained their innocence, with the late coach claiming it was "a setup" in 2011, ESPN reported.

After Sutton resigned, the NCAA gave Kentucky a two-year postseason ban and prevented the team from playing on live television during the 1989-90 season. Casey was put on probation for five years, and Mills was ruled ineligible.

Aside from Oklahoma and Kentucky, Sutton also served a short stint as the interim head coach at the University of San Francisco in 2007-08, as well as the College of Southern Idaho, Creighton University and the University of Arkansas.

Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis mourned Sutton in a tweet on Saturday.

"#okstate is deeply saddened by the passing of Coach Eddie Sutton," he shared. "A Hall of Fame Coach with more than 800 wins, he revived our historic basketball program and will always be revered and loved by the #CowboyFamily. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Sutton family."

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