Just a couple of months after being selected for the Naismith Hall of Fame, former Arkansas coach Eddie Sutton passed away Saturday in Tulsa, according to a report from the Tulsa World.
He was 84 years old and his family confirmed the death to the newspaper.
Despite being in failing health the last few years, Sutton had participated in a Zoom meeting with some of his former Razorback players and staff members. He also attended games in Fayetteville this past season, including the Red-White game and the SEC matchup with Kentucky, one of the schools he coached in a long career.
Sutton coached for 37 seasons at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State and San Francisco, compiling an 806-326 record (11th in NCAA), three Final Four appearances (Arkansas and Oklahoma State), nine regular-season conference titles, three-time national coach of the year and eight conference coach of the year honors.
It was Sutton who first put the Hogs consistently on the map in college basketball taking them to their first Final Four of the modern era in 1978 with Sidney Moncrief, Ron Brewer and Marvin Delph forming The Triplets.