Reports: Sean Sutton Is Out!

The Sutton era at Oklahoma State University is officially over. Sean Sutton, who played for OSU for two seasons in the early 1990s, was an assistant for 13 years and the Cowboys' head coach the past two seasons, has reached an agreement to resign, the school announced Tuesday afternoon.

Sutton compiled a 39-29 record and coached the Cowboys to back-to-back NIT (National Invitation Tournament) appearances in his two seasons as head coach.

The 39-year-old Sutton had taken over as head coach of the Cowboys (after serving as an assistant to his dad Eddie Sutton for 13 years at OSU, including three seasons as head coach designate) following the resignation of Eddie Sutton. Eddie Sutton coached the Cowboys for 16 seasons (from 1990-91 through 2005-06). Thus, when the Cowboys open the 2008-09 season in November, a Sutton will not be sitting on the Cowboy bench for the first time in 19 years.

Rumors of Sean Sutton's future had become a hot topic since the Cowboys finished the season with a first-round NIT loss to Southern Illinois, 69-53, on March 18. But Monday was the first time that Sean Sutton had actually sat down to discuss his future with OSU athletic director Mike Holder.

Sutton spent much of his time in the two weeks following the season-ending loss on the road recruiting, and the Cowboys actually hosted junior college standout Juan Pattillo on an official recruiting visit this past weekend.

Pattillo told his coaches at the College of Southern Idaho that his visit to Oklahoma State "went as good as you could have ever imagined," and said he "really, really enjoyed everything about Oklahoma State," said CSI assistant coach Jeff Renegar. "I know he really hit it off with Sean and the players real well."

As a matter of fact, Pattillo told Renegar that he was considering giving a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State sometime this week. That, of course, has now changed.

Sean Sutton's head coaching career got off to an incredible start as the Cowboys won 15 of their first 16 games to begin the 2006-07 season. But a lack of depth hurt the Cowboys and they finished up by winning just seven of their final 19 games, including an embarrassing 67-74 loss to Marist at Gallagher-Iba Arena in the first round of the NIT.

The Cowboys were just 24-28 in their last 52 games the past season and a half.

Sutton also played two seasons at OSU, under his dad, after transferring from Kentucky. In two seasons as the starting point guard, he helped the Cowboys win 52 of 68 games and capture the regular season Big Eight Conference title. The Cowboys made back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in 1991 and 1992, and were ranked as high as No. 2 in the national polls duirng his senior season and won the Preseason NIT.

Sutton is the only Cowboy player ever to record at least 20 points and 10 assists in the same game as he finished with 21 points and 11 assists against Centenary on Dec. 5, 1990.

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