The Oklahoma State community is brimming with joy following the official announcement of former head men’s basketball coach Eddie Sutton being voted in as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2020 class Saturday.
Fans, former players and coaches and members of the media took to social media to express their joy about Sutton being voted in and shared stories about him. Current OSU head coach Mike Boynton also shared his thoughts on the news.
“I think first and foremost it’s great validation on an unbelievably successful career as a coach, as a mentor, as a father, as a husband; a great man of character,” Boynton said in a video posted on OSU basketball’s Twitter account. “A guy who ran his program incredibly well. Had an impact on his players both on and off the court. The 806 victories sure stand out. Today is a great day for that to be acknowledged and recognized by everyone in basketball.
“It’s about him and the opportunity for his accomplishments to finally have their just do amongst all greats of coaching in our profession. He’s an Oklahoma State graduate himself. Played here, coached here and had tremendous success and an unbelievable impact, not only on this basketball program, but on the community. There’s still people who go around town talking about the ‘Eddie Days.’ It’s something to always be remembered, that we’ll always remember. I’m certainly glad that I’ve been a small part of the tail end and glad that I’m here right now to at least witness history.”
Boynton also shared a message on his personal Twitter account.
3 years ago, he told me he believed in me (and to “play defense”). That’s all I needed. So thankful to carry his torch forward and happy he has his rightful title, officially. Congrats Coach. This program and its standards will always be YOURS. #EddieIsIn #GoPokes #CowboysForever pic.twitter.com/5uSjdb3S6L— Mike Boynton (@thacoachmike) April 4, 2020