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BREAKING: Former UK coach Eddie Sutton elected to Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

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Former Kentucky coach Eddie Sutton has officially been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

In his seventh go-round as a finalist, Sutton was announced as part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class, joining Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Tamika Catchings, Patrick Baumann, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens, and Rudy Tomjanovich as inductees.

The 84-year-old spent four seasons at Kentucky, finishing his time in Lexington with an 90-40 (.692) overall record. As head coach of the Wildcats, Sutton led the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances, one Sweet Sixteen finish, and one Elite Eight finish.

Beyond his time at Kentucky, Sutton also coached at Creighton, Arkansas, Oklahoma State (his alma mater), and the University of San Francisco before leaving the game in 2008. As head coach, Sutton has guided his teams to three Final Fours, six Elite Eights, and 12 Sweet Sixteens.

The former UK head coach was previously inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Here is the entire list of Sutton’s on-court achievements:

  • NCAA Division I Regional – Final Four (1978, 1995, 2004)
  • SWC regular season (1977–1979, 1981, 1982)
  • SWC Tournament (1977, 1979, 1982)
  • SEC regular season (1986)
  • SEC Tournament (1986)
  • Big Eight regular season (1992, 1995)
  • Big Eight Tournament (1995)
  • Big 12 regular season (2004)
  • Big 12 Tournament (2004, 2005)

And the numerous awards and honors he earned:

  • 2x AP College Coach of the Year (1978, 1986)
  • NABC Coach of the Year (1986)
  • Henry Iba Award (1977)
  • 4x SWC Coach of the Year (1975, 1977, 1979, 1981)
  • SEC Coach of the Year (1986)
  • Big Eight Coach of the Year (1993)
  • 2x Big 12 Coach of the Year (1998, 2004)

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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9 Comments for BREAKING: Former UK coach Eddie Sutton elected to Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame



  1. ukkatzfan
    12:12 pm April 4, 2020 Permalink

    Congrats Eddie !!! Well deserved



  2. The Professor
    12:44 pm April 4, 2020 Permalink

    The man cheated and now is honored by inclusion into the Hall of Fame; another example of our waning morality.



    • UKinIN
      1:17 pm April 4, 2020 Permalink

      I hate to be a troll but I can’t celebrate the coach that put UK on probation.



  3. Headhurts
    1:41 pm April 4, 2020 Permalink

    Hall of fame is full of cheaters Pitino, wooden and so on…. some got caught some did’nt.



    • UKinIN
      5:40 pm April 4, 2020 Permalink

      I love the Everyone Does It Defense. It makes a great point. Why should anyone try to hold themself to a higher standard?



  4. snoopjdawg
    1:43 pm April 4, 2020 Permalink

    He deserves it. 800 plus wins. Huggins deserves it as well.

    If we all think that the emery package just popped open with a small amount of cash headed to Chris mills? We are all nuts.

    That situation would have been laughed at today.



  5. You Can Call Me Cal
    1:52 pm April 4, 2020 Permalink

    So do guys like Eddie and Rick get asterisks next to their names?



  6. Fitz
    1:59 pm April 4, 2020 Permalink

    Sutton could have been the coach of the Best Team That Never
    Was.”

    Chris Mills
    LeRon Ellis
    Shaun Kemp
    Eric Manual
    Richie Farmer