Arkansas, Kentucky basketball coaching legend Eddie Sutton dies at age 84
Eddie Sutton was a great basketball coach who made stops at Arkansas and Kentucky in the SEC before spending a decade and a half at Oklahoma State.
He took Arkansas to the Final Four in 1978 and compiled an overall record of 260-75 in 11 seasons in Fayetteville before leaving for Kentucky. At Kentucky, he went 88-39 in 4 seasons, making 3 NCAA Tournament appearances.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Sutton passed away on Saturday at the age of 84:
Sutton died on Saturday in Tulsa, multiple sources confirmed to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, after being in hospice care. His death comes less than two months after he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 3.
As mentioned above, he was only elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame last month, but his accolades speak for themselves. He made 3 Final Four appearances — 1 with Arkansas and 2 with Oklahoma State.
He won a combined 16 regular season and conference tournament titles between the Southwest Conference, the SEC, the Big 8 and the Big 12. Sutton’s son, Sean, coached Oklahoma State from 2006 to 2008 after Eddie retired and currently serves as an advisor to the head coach at Texas Tech.