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.