KANSAS CITY, MO – MARCH 13: Head coach Eddie Sutton of the Oklahoma State Cowboys smiles 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)Getty Images
Former college basketball coach Eddie Sutton has died at the age of 84.
Sutton, who won more than 800 careers games, died on Saturday in Tulsa, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
The report, citing multiple sources, said Sutton was in hospice care.
Sutton, who was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on April 3, compiled an 806-329 record in his career, including 26 NCAA Tournament appearances in 37 seasons.
He is one of nine NCAA Division I coaches with 800 wins.
“Eddie Sutton was a fascinating and complicated person,” Rex Chapman, who played for Sutton at Kentucky, said on Twitter late Saturday. “He also was an unbelievable teacher of the game of basketball. I was fortunate and lucky to have learned from him. Grateful.”
In 36 years, he coached Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State (his alma mater) and the University of San Francisco. Sutton became the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA tournament. He reached the Final Four with Arkansas in 1978 and Oklahoma State in 1995 and 2004.
Sutton coached at Arkansas from 1974-85, earning 260 wins.
He also led Oklahoma State, his alma mater, to 13 NCAA Tournaments, and he took Kentucky to three.