When discussing the reach of Eddie Sutton’s impact, former Oklahoma State guard Bryndon Manzer said it best: “There’s no question, he is the patriarch of a very large family,” Manzer said in an interview with the O’Colly in April.
The idea that Sutton’s basketball family was large was evident to many people on Saturday as the Twitter reaction to his death brought feelings of both sorrow and praise.
So sorry & sad to just learn of the passing of HALL OF FAME COACH EDDIE SUTTON ! It was such a thrill for the family this yr to get the call that Eddie was finally voted into the HOF while living. May Eddie RIP @ESPN App https://t.co/steXjau2Et— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) May 24, 2020
Dear Coach, thank you. You told us that life was hard, but if we could make it through your practices, we could achieve anything. You were right.You told us that when we play “Oklahoma” or “the Jayhawks” we outta… https://t.co/BPS8FgndJc— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) May 24, 2020
R.I.P. Coach Eddie Sutton. 🙏🏽— Jeffrey Carroll Jr. (@J30Carroll) May 24, 2020
My family and I want to express our condolences to the Sutton family. Coach Sutton was a special Coach, father figure, friend, and he will be forever missed!!! pic.twitter.com/TxPN1g6ZYI— Corey Williams (@CoachWilliams12) May 24, 2020
We lost a great man and coach today. So much respect for all he gave the game. RIP Coach Sutton pic.twitter.com/uwVHJo4cmc— Coach Kelvin Sampson (@CoachSampsonUH) May 24, 2020
Eddie Sutton has passed away. He had a HOF career and touched many lives, including mine. He was always kind to me and my family when I was a young coach and we’ve stayed in touch throughout his life. He’s going to be missed. RIP, my friend. He and his family are in my prayers. pic.twitter.com/JxoFliDvyx— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 24, 2020
RIP to legendary basketball coach Eddie Sutton. The first coach to take four different teams to the NCAA Tournament, Sutton won 800 games and reached a Final Four in three different decades. A Naismith Hall of Famer. pic.twitter.com/re3f9VG6yT— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) May 24, 2020
Eddie Sutton was a fascinating and complicated person. He also was an unbelievable teacher of the game of basketball. I was fortunate and lucky to have learned from him. Grateful.Hall. Of. Famer. Thanks, Coach Ed. Rest.🏀🌎❤️🖤 pic.twitter.com/bfIk7fm1xd— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) May 24, 2020
#okstate is deeply saddened by the passing of Coach Eddie Sutton. A Hall of Fame Coach with more than 800 wins, he revived our historic basketball program and will always be revered and loved by the #CowboyFamily. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Sutton family. pic.twitter.com/gHA6NDVZoX— Burns Hargis (@burnshargis) May 24, 2020
Sad to hear of the passing of Eddie Sutton last night. A true legend that taught the 3 “Ds” - Discipline, Dedication & Defense. Sending condolences to the Sutton family. pic.twitter.com/WApfVToX6C— Eric Musselman (@EricPMusselman) May 24, 2020
As a player and asst. coach under Eddie Sutton, we ALWAYS knew we would NEVER be out coached by the guy on the opposing bench. Thank you for everything coach. I love you... pic.twitter.com/UVb78ME9yl— Jimmy Dykes (@CoachJimmyDykes) May 24, 2020