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Sutton, ORU agree on seven-year extension

TULSA, Okla. -- Oral Roberts University head basketball
coach Scott Sutton has agreed to a seven-year contract extension,
school officials have announced.

The announcement came less than a week after Sutton
withdrew from consideration for the Wichita State job.

ORU officials approached him about an extension before the
Wichita State job came open, Sutton said.

"It's exciting," he said. "It shows the commitment that
[athletic director Mike Carter] and [ORU president Richard Roberts]
have for myself and my staff, and we're obviously very thankful to
them."

Terms of the agreement were not released, but Sutton's current
contract is believed to pay him between $200,000 and $250,000 per
year.

"We believe Scott Sutton is one of the finest coaches in the
country, and we want him as part of the ORU family for a long
time," Carter said.

Sutton, 36, is the second-winningest coach in ORU history with a
144-102 record in eight seasons.

The Golden Eagles have averaged 21½ wins per year the past four
seasons and have made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA
tournament.

In addition to being linked to Wichita State, Sutton was
mentioned as a candidate to replace Dana Altman at Creighton before
Altman withdrew as Arkansas' new head coach and returned to
Creighton.

"When you name gets thrown around for other jobs, it causes
recruits to have questions," Sutton said. "This makes our
situation seem more secure and that's the biggest thing.
"