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OSU basketball: What they're saying about Eddie Sutton's omission from the Naismith Hall of Fame

Former OSU coach Eddie Sutton is introduced by some of his former players in 2014 at a Bedlam game in Stillwater. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Former OSU coach Eddie Sutton is introduced by some of his former players in 2014 at a Bedlam game in Stillwater. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

STILLWATER — The public outcry following Eddie Sutton’s omission from the Naismith Hall of Fame on Tuesday focused primarily on the hall of fame’s lack of transparency with its voting committee and process, and Sutton’s credentials as compared to already-enshrined coaches.

Here’s a look at what the media and coaching community had to say about Sutton being left out once again:

Fox broadcaster and former OSU point guard Doug Gottlieb: “Really disappointing news. Eddie Sutton was informed today he is not getting into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. Coach Sutton remains the only coach with over 800 D-1 wins not in the HOF. This is a complete travesty.”

OSU radio analyst John Holcomb: “I don’t think it’s asking too much for transparency from those who vote. Just be up front. Or don’t be allowed to vote. Ever.”

Arkansas women’s basketball assistant and former OSU student manager Jeff Brazil: “Coach Sutton is a HOF Coach. The amount of lives he’s touched and made a difference in makes him a HOF Coach. I know him and his family will handle this adversity like they always do.. With Class!”

Sports Animal radio personality Spinozi: “(Naismith Hall of Fame,) your election committee is an absolute disgrace! Do I really need to give u the list of garbage you've already enshrined? Rick Pitino, Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun, John Calipari & Larry Brown are in and Eddie Sutton is not?? Why do you hide the voters?”

ESPN broadcaster Fran Fraschilla, in response to a question about Steve Fisher not being in the Naismith Hall of Fame: “Yes, (Fisher is a) great coach but I believe a couple more deserving first. Eddie Sutton is a no-brainer.”

OSU associate athletic director of development Larry Reece: “Coach Sutton was in the first class inducted in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Maybe it’s time to stop caring about the most corrupt Hall of Fame (Naismith Hall of Fame). I can tell you unless Coach Sutton is alive and there in person, I will never darken its doors.”

Derby (Kansas) High School basketball coach Brett Flory: “Eddie Sutton has 800 wins, 3 Final Fours, 9 conference championships, & is now 83 years old. Grew up watching his tough, competitive OSU teams battle it out with KU in the Big 8 and Big 12. This man being left out of the (Naismith) Hall of Fame yet again today is a crime!”

Bleacher Report Thunder writer Jon Hamm: “Another year, another failure by the Basketball Hall of Fame to welcome Eddie Sutton into its ranks and honor him for his legendary achievements. Imagine being a human so miserable that you'd continue to grind whatever ax you have against him.”

Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›