Former Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton was one of few nominees left out of the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, announced Monday in Arlington, Texas.
Those inducted into the hall include former University of Tulsa coach Norm Richardson, former NBA commissioner David Stern and former NBA All-Stars Mitch Richmond and Alonzo Mourning. Here’s the full list of the inductees, who will be honored Aug. 8 in Springfield, Mass.
Many in the media were unhappy with the exclusion of Sutton yet again:
Putting Nolan in before Coach Sutton is like putting Roy Williams in before Dean Smith. Ask Hog fans
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) April 7, 2014
One day I’ll take a deep breath and try to explain 2 inexplicables to grandkids: the Kardashians, and Eddie Sutton’s HOF wait
— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) April 7, 2014
People close to Eddie Sutton texting me that they feel sick he didn’t get in hall. Fourth time nominated. Seemed like this was his time.
— Jimmie Tramel (@JimmieTramel) April 7, 2014
— Ron Terrell (@RonTerrell) April 7, 2014
Hall nominees needed 18 of 24 votes for induction. Among those on the North American Committee ballot who missed the cut were former NBA All-Stars Kevin Johnson, Spencer Haywood and Tim Hardaway.