For 11 seasons as head coach of the Razorback men’s basketball program, Eddie Sutton was able to build strong relationships with his players on/off the court and after their playing days were over. After receiving the news of the passing of Sutton, former players, coaches and media took to twitter to pay their respects to Coach over the past day.
RIP Coach! You finally get to be with Patsy! Can’t thank you enough for everything. Guns Up and Whoo Pig Sooie one more time! Gods Speed! pic.twitter.com/q8e6V7HnCs— Joe Kleine (@SlaterMoJoe) May 24, 2020
In what would be his final trip to the University of Arkansas, I had the privilege to escort Coach Eddie Sutton and his son Steve to his see the Eddie Sutton @RazorbackMBB practice gym. Was an emotional moment that I will remember for years to come. #RIP pic.twitter.com/ZxmXQftx9s— Kevin Trainor (@KTHogs) May 24, 2020
Eddie Sutton.— Ben (HawgHoops) (@HawgHoops) May 24, 2020
The man responsible for beginning what we know as Arkansas basketball. He compiled a record of 260-75 while on the Hill.
He’s a legend, Hall of Famer, and Razorback.
Thank you, Eddie.#RIPEddieSutton pic.twitter.com/GYxtkfplFz
Coach Sutton was so much more than a coach to me. He taught me life lessons and set me on the path to where I am today.— Darrell Walker (@CoachWalker_LR) May 24, 2020
Happy he’s reunited with Patsy and that he was able to hear he was Hall of Famer before he passed. https://t.co/N1RCpdNnjK
A man I love and one that changed my life forever. RIP Coach Sutton pic.twitter.com/mUoT7nh5X1— Dudley E. Dawson (@Dedsports) May 24, 2020
Sutton achieved many milestones throughout his career. One of the greatest accomplishments was building the Razorback Men’s Basketball program from dust of the Barnhill Arena floor. During his 11 seasons in Fayetteville, Sutton was able to make the Hogs respectable on a national level:
-Won 240 games, 139 in Southwest Conference
-5x SWC regular season champion
-3x SWC Tournament champion
-4x SWC Coach of the Year
-1978 AP College Coach of the Year
-9 NCAA Tournament appearances Including the 1978 Final Four
He is an icon. A legend in the state of Arkansas.