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John Calipari comments on Eddie Sutton’s induction into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame



Following the induction of former Kentucky head coach Eddie Sutton into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, John Calipari congratulated the 84-year-old on the massive achievement.

“Coach Sutton had a long and storied career, from Creighton to Arkansas to Kentucky and Oklahoma State before finishing up in San Francisco,” Calipari said in an official statement via his social media pages. “To do what he did at the level that he did for nearly 40 years as a head coach is special.

“We played against each other in the Elite Eight in 1995 and I walked away impressed at how hard his team played. I always had great respect for the job he did coaching and learned so much from watching his teams play.

“Coach Sutton was always very kind to me as a young coach and I’ll never forget that. I’m so happy for him and his family on this well-deserved honor.”

This afternoon, 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.

In four years at Kentucky, the former head coach finished with an 90-40 (.692) overall record and led the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including one Sweet Sixteen 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.

Calipari was previously inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2015.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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8 Comments for John Calipari comments on Eddie Sutton’s induction into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

  1. JLP
    3:26 pm April 4, 2020 Permalink

    Was reading an article just yesterday about how Dwayne Casey was pretty much exonerated over the cash to recruit incident. He was not even in Lexington the day the envelope was supposedly mailed & he won a settlement award from Emery company, plus NCAA lifted a show cause against him.

    • CrystalBall
      4:01 pm April 4, 2020 Permalink

      The Emory man who picked up and delivered envelopes to the UK Athletic dept testified there was no money in the envelope
      when it left the state of KY.

  2. JLP
    3:27 pm April 4, 2020 Permalink

    And congrats to Coach Sutton!

  3. Basteballer
    6:34 pm April 4, 2020 Permalink

    Also, he cheated and was run out of town. Not a HOF-worthy man.

  4. J. Did
    8:55 pm April 4, 2020 Permalink

    The world.

    The many seasons…of life.

    His journey is nearly complete.

    May Eddie find that happy home.

    Until then – raise a glass of good Bourbon and …Cheers!

  5. BlueWho
    9:04 pm April 4, 2020 Permalink

    Congratulations Eddie!

  6. Wilfred Smith
    8:25 am April 5, 2020 Permalink

    Sorry, but nope.

    He destroyed the program.

    So did Gillispie.

    They can get together and kick rocks.

  7. mcp157
    11:15 am April 5, 2020 Permalink

    Eddie deserves it. His 86 team was such a joy to watch! Who knows what would have happened if we did not have to play an LSU team that we had beaten 3 times prior in the NCAA tourney. And thank you forever for coining the term “ little brother”!