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Oklahoma State’s Eddie Sutton voted into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

It took seven times of being a finalist for the former Cowboys coach be put in.

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

At long last Eddie Sutton is in.

The former Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach was named a member of the 2020 class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday. The 84-year-old Sutton was named a finalist for the seventh time earlier this month.

Sutton won 806 games with three Final Four appearances and NCAA tournament appearances with Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and OSU. He won two regular season (1992 and 1995) and one tournament championship (1995) in the Big Eight, and one regular season (2004) and two tournament titles (2004 and 2005) in the Big 12.

Under his tutelage, the Cowboys reached the postseason 14 times in 17 seasons, including 13 NCAA tournament bids and two Final Four appearances.

Sutton was the Associated Press Coach of the Year in 1978 and 1986, the 1993 Big Eight Coach of the Year and a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2004. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.