Sutton, ORU agree on seven-year extension

Updated: April 17, 2007, 11:23 AM ET
Associated Press

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

Closer Look: Scott Sutton
Scott Sutton
Scott Sutton, who agreed to a seven-year extension with Oral Roberts after recently taking his name out of consideration for the Wichita State job, has enjoyed much success in his eight seasons with the Golden Eagles. Some of his highlights:

• Second winningest coach in school history (144-102)
• Golden Eagles averaged 21½ wins past four seasons
• Two consecutive NCAA Tournament berths

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. "

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