Sutton Takes Over at USF

Mystery surrounds Evans' sudden leave of absence
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Dec 27, 2007 4:15 PM CST
Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton is pictured as he arrives at the Payne County Courthouse in this May 5, 2006, file photo shot in Stillwater, Okla. A Stillwater woman who was hit by former...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Without any familiarity with the program, college hoops legend Eddie Sutton has been tapped to coach the struggling University of San Francisco Dons. Predecessor Jessie Evans is on an unexplained leave of absence. Sutton, who has 798 career wins and is openly seeking number 800, says his alcohol problems are behind him, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Under Evans, the team had dropped five of its last six games, attendance had fallen sharply, and players' academic performance had been low enough to draw sanctions. Said Sutton, "This is the toughest challenge I've ever had." The 71-year-old noted that he was familiar with only a single player on the team.