College basketball legend, and a coach with over 800 wins to his credit, Eddie Sutton, passed away this Saturday of natural causes at the age of 84, per his family.
Sutton was the head coach of 7 different schools during his almost 50 year tenure as a head coach, with some of the most noteworthy programs he coached with being; Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Creighton.
He achieved the status of reaching the Final Four of the men’s tournament 4 different times, and ranks in the top 25 on the all time wins list while sitting at a total of 806.
Sutton retired in 2006, after a car accident he was in cited him for having been driving under the influence of alcohol, which then led to the world learning of his struggle with alcoholism.
“People today in our country know a lot more about alcoholism, but there’s still people that don’t know what the disease is, how it affects someone as a person,” Sutton said at his retirement conference. “It’s really slow suicide if you drink.”
A couple of months ago Sutton was formally informed that he would be indicted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of fame, and will now be posthumously inducted along with former Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a tragic helicopter accident earlier this year.