Sutton only came back to protect son

Eddie Sutton's concern for the start of his son's career at Oklahoma State put him in position to go out like this.

Originally Published: February 16, 2006
By Fran Fraschilla | Special to ESPN Insider
Regardless of how this ends, it didn't have to be like this for Eddie Sutton.

The sad and ironic part of his decision to take a medical leave of absence to deal with alcohol-related issues is that he probably could have walked into the sunset of a great career when his seven seniors graduated a year ago.

Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.