Sean Sutton: 'It's Been A Tough 72 Hours'

STILLWATER – Sean Sutton proved that he was one tough basketball player during his career as a point guard for the Cowboys back in the early 1990s. He showed it again Monday night as he took over the program that his dad has directed the past 16 years. Eddie Sutton announced earlier in the day he was taking a leave of absence and would miss the rest of the season following last week's automobile accident.

"It was a tough day because of the emotions of what has transpired," Sean Sutton said following the Cowboys' 64-49 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks. "It's been a tough 72 hours, that's for sure. I'm going to hang in there; our players are going to hang in there and our staff. It's our obligation and responsibility to this school and we're going to do the best job to see if this basketball team can't get better and start winning some games."

Sutton began his news conference after the loss with a message from the entire Sutton family.

"On behalf of our family I want to thank everybody and express our appreciation and the incredible outpouring of support," Sean said. "I certainly want to thank all of the great Oklahoma State fans on their concern of my father's accident. People are special here and they are very special to our family."

Kansas coach Bill Self spent several years as an assistant under Sutton when he returned to Oklahoma State in the early 1990s. He said he visited with the Cowboy head coach earlier Monday.

"He seemed good," Self said of his telephone conversation with Sutton. "I think his quote was something like he looks like he fought (Muhammad) Ali and lost."

Self said he was disappointed that when he looked down at the OSU bench he didn't see Sutton.

"It's great to come back here and see friends, and there are a lot of people here that helped raise me," said Self. "I'm appreciative of everybody, but it wasn't very enjoyable to be honest with you because I wanted to compete against Coach. I wanted to play against his team. I wanted to show our mentor what we do. That is something I'm proud of.

"I certainly hope that he gets to feeling better fast, and the entire situation is handled as well as it can possibly be handled. Hopefully, everybody can move forward. I know he needs to get healthy. He's struggled a long time with his health. Certainly it's a tough enough job when you feel great, let alone when you don't."

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