Eddie Sutton was essentially forced to retire as coach of the Okie State basketball team two games short of 800 career wins. Now comes a very odd story - he's unretiring to coach at San Francisco.
Eddie Sutton is going to get another shot at his 800th victory.
The former Oklahoma State coach will come out of retirement to coach San Francisco for the remainder of the season in an attempt to win his 800th game.
Sutton's return was first reported by CBS Sports.com
Current Dons coach Jessie Evans will announce his resignation as coach later Wednesday, The Associated Press is reporting. ESPN.com was told that Evans was informed Wednesday morning he could either resign or would be terminated with cause by the end of the day. But a source close to Evans said the coach wasn't given a reason for being ousted.
Sutton's 798 wins at Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Kentucky and Creighton are the fifth-highest total for any men's NCAA Division I basketball coach. When his victories at Tulsa Central High School and the College of Southern Idaho are included, he won exactly 1,000 games before retiring from coaching in May 2006.
Sutton pleaded no contest to misdemeanor aggravated drunken driving and two other charges following a February 2006 car accident that prematurely ended his time on the sidelines.
Former Purdue coach Gene Keady, who interviewed for the San Francisco job twice while he was still the head coach of the Boilermakers, said Wednesday he hasn't talked to Sutton about the job. Keady interviewed at the time with Bill Hogan, the former USF athletic director who is now at Seattle University.
"I know he misses coaching but I don't know why he'd want to do that," Keady told ESPN.com. "He doesn't like losing, and just wait until he tries to buy a house."