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.