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Eddie Sutton leaves Oklahoma State

Feb. 15, 2006 at 11:56 PM   |   Comments

STILLWATER, Okla., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Eddie Sutton will not coach the men's basketball coach at Oklahoma State University for the rest of the 2005-06 season.

Late Wednesday, he admitted to having an alcohol problem and said he will enter a treatment facility for alcohol-related issues. Sutton made the announcement about his coaching status during a conference call Wednesday night, less than a week after being cited for driving under the influence following a car accident. Sutton said he was taking medication for a back problem before the accident.

"I have a problem with alcohol," Sutton, 69, said by telephone. "I've made no excuses for what has happened. I recognize it and I will be seeking treatment for it."

Sutton, who has 13 20-win seasons, is the fifth winningest men's coach in Division I history with 794 wins, trailing only Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Bob Knight, and Jim Phelan. His son, Sean, will coach the Cowboys for the rest of the season.

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