A documentary on legendary head coach Eddie Sutton is set to premiere next week.
“Eddie,” a film highlighting Sutton’s life and the ups and downs of his five-decade coaching career, will premiere on Monday evening at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
“We all love redemption stories, because flawed heroes are relatable heroes,” the film’s description reads on the official website. “Access into the lives of the accomplished sparks hope in our own shortcomings – that even our dreams are achievable. Set on the biggest stages of college basketball, Eddie Sutton’s life and career personifies this dichotomy of success in the midst of personal failure. Players from all races and socio-economic backgrounds, many without present fathers of their own, found family on and off the court in Coach Sutton. But behind the scenes, Coach struggled with alcoholism. Through gut-wrenching interviews with his own sons, EDDIE shines light on the often misunderstood “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” personality associated with the disease of addiction.
“EDDIE, chock-full of gripping interviews and never-before-seen footage, intimately poses this question to family, colleagues, former players and national leaders forever better for having known Coach Sutton. Their stories compel audiences to ponder the conflicting attributes of a man with flaws shared by many and achievements matched by few.”
“For those who haven’t seen the film Eddie, ESPN will be showing it Monday night at 8 PM,” Sutton’s son, Scott Sutton, said in a Twitter post Thursday. “It’s [an] incredible look into my Dad’s life, his success, and his struggles. Chris Hunt and his crew put their hearts into producing and releasing this show. Hope you guys enjoy it.”
For those who haven’t seen the film Eddie, ESPN will be showing it Monday night at 8PM. It’s a incredible look into my Dad’s life, his success, and his struggles. Chris Hunt and his crew put their hearts into producing and releasing this show. Hope you guys enjoy it.
— Scott Sutton (@ScottSutton1970) June 25, 2020
Sutton, who coached at Kentucky from 1985 to 1989, passed away at the age of 84 back in May.
This year, Sutton was officially elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in his seventh go-round as a finalist. The former UK head coach 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 legendary coach 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.