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Eddie Sutton documentary set to premiere on Monday


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.”

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.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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5 Comments for Eddie Sutton documentary set to premiere on Monday

  1. jimlowe7
    12:58 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

    I had cousins from Paris who worked in the UK Athletics Department when Eddie Sutton was hired. They were instructed to cooperate in a coverup of Eddie’s alcoholism (known by Cliff Hagan who was desperate to hire a big name to save face” after being turned down by many coaches). The local cops & State police were in on it too, keeping incidents private to keep the media from finding out. Hagan tried to make him get help but the coverup gave Eddie (and his son Sean, who was also an alcoholic) all the leverage to allow for failure in recovery efforts. So sad that UK could have salvaged the man if Hagan had the guts to demand treatment and publicly face the issue.

    • UKFanSC
      2:56 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

      With all due respect, blaming Eddie Sutton‘s demise on anything Cliff Hagan did or didn’t do is misplaced. As a grown adult Eddie Sutton’s responsibility for his alcoholism laid solely with himself. I realize the point you are trying to make, and it could’ve helped him no question; but let’s not heap blame for this on anyone but Eddie Sutton…. and if he were here he’d be the first to agree.

    • 4everUKBlue
      5:04 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

      No offense to anyone but if Sean was an alcoholic, he’s still an alcoholic and will be until the day he dies because there is no known cure, only a daily reprieve.

    • UKFanSC
      5:13 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

      Amen brother

  2. mcp157
    11:12 am June 28, 2020 Permalink

    Eddie was a great coach and gave us the “little brother”, title so fitting for U of L! Sad to see what our weaknesses can do to us.