Sutton has immune system disease

Updated: April 12, 2005, 5:01 PM ET
Associated Press

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech coach Mike Sutton was in critical condition Tuesday and on a ventilator in a Virginia hospital after being diagnosed with a disease that attacks the immune system, athletic director Mark Wilson said.

Sutton was diagnosed with Miller Fisher Syndrome and is being treated at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk, Va. A complete recovery is expected. The hospital declined comment because of privacy laws.

The 49-year-old Sutton, who just finished his third season at the school, was in Portsmouth, Va., with former player Willie Jenkins and some relatives playing in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament for potential NBA players when he started feeling ill.

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