Statement from Kansas Head Coach Bill Self on Oklahoma State Head Coach Eddie Sutton

Feb. 16, 2006

“It saddens everyone in the coaching profession that knows coach (Eddie) Sutton that he is taking a medical leave of absence for the rest of the season. Coach has meant so much to so many and it was indeed an honor to be a part of his staff during the early 1990s. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

“Coach Sutton is a Hall of Fame coach with Hall of Fame credentials. Most importantly, we hope coach addresses his health issues and is feeling much better in the very near future.

“Our league will certainly miss not having him on the bench the rest of the season but Oklahoma State is in very capable hands with Sean (Sutton) coaching and the experienced staff on board.”