Famed college basketball coach Eddie Sutton dead at 84

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KANSAS CITY, MO – MARCH 13: Head coach Eddie Sutton of the Oklahoma State Cowboys cuts down the net after the Cowboys won the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on March 13, 2005 at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. The Cowboys won 72-68 to win their second straight Big 12 Tournament title. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Legendary college basketball coach Eddie Sutton passed away yesterday at the age of 84. Born in Bucklin, Kansas, Sutton would go on to win more than 800 games and was the first coach to take four different schools to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Sutton’s family said in a statement he died of natural causes at home in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, surrounded by his three sons and their families. Wife Patsy died in 2013. Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 3, Sutton was 806-328 in 37 seasons as a Division I head coach – not counting vacated victories or forfeited games — and made it to 25 NCAA Tournaments.

Sutton had been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2020 class less than two months ago.

In a statement released from the program, Kansas head coach Bill Self said, “Coach Sutton was a great coach, a pillar in our profession, but he was a better person than he was a coach.”

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