Sutton Takes Medical Leave For Rest of Season

STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State University announced today that head basketball coach Eddie Sutton, who is recovering from injuries suffered in a Friday automobile accident, has asked to take a medical leave of absence for the remainder of the season.

"Coach Sutton has been dealing with constant back and hip problems the last couple of seasons and after last Friday's accident he feels this is the best decision for his health and for the team," said OSU System CEO and President David Schmidly.

"We all want what's best for Coach Sutton and wish him a speedy recovery. His dedication to college basketball and Oklahoma State University is unquestioned and his tireless effort on behalf of the institution is sincerely appreciated," said Mike Holder, vice president for athletics.

Sutton said, "It has been an extremely difficult season. With my deteriorating physical condition and other issues, I have been under a tremendous amount of stress. I told Dr. Schmidly I was close to making this decision after the trip to Kansas State because the pain in my back was making it very difficult to coach. After Friday's events, I know it is best to go on medical leave the remainder of the season to address my future health.

"It is very difficult to step away from the team," Sutton said. "But I know they are in great hands. The season has not gone as we wished, but we have a talented and fine group of young men and I look for them to finish the season strong. I won't be on the bench, but I'll be with them."

Schmidly, Holder and Sutton said no decision has been made regarding the coach's plans for next season. "Coach Sutton will continue to heal and that is something we will discuss at the appropriate time," said Holder.

Sutton's son and head-coach designate Sean Sutton will lead the team the remainder of the season.

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