Sean is ushered out after 2-year, hot-and-cold tenure
AD denies rift, says new leadership needed

By Andrea Cohen Modified: February 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm •  Published: April 2, 2008
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an managed to land McDonald's All-American James Anderson, but this season ended with a third straight loss in the opening round of the NIT.

Holder dismissed the question that he had any sort of personal rift with the Suttons, which somehow led to Sean's resignation.

"I like coach Sutton, both Sean and Eddie. This is my job as AD to make tough decisions. I did this because it's in the best interest of our basketball program,” Holder said.

Holder met with Sutton on Monday to discuss the future of the program. Holder said at the end of that meeting he and Sutton had agreed that there should be a "new leadership.”

That now puts Oklahoma State in the market for a head coach.

A messy contractual dispute with Sutton does not appear likely. It is expected that Sutton will receive full compensation for his $750,000 a year contract, which had three years remaining.

Assistant coach James Dickey will handle day-to-day dealings with the players until a new coach is hired.

When that might be is anybody's guess. Holder, who will be making his second hire as athletic director, said he hasn't yet made a single call to a coach, athletic director, agent or search firm.

The most talked-about potential candidate, Kansas coach Bill Self, said Tuesday at his news conference that no one from OSU has called him, "and if they did, I would strongly recommend that they move in a different direction.”

The direction the Suttons will take in regard to their alma mater is also a question. Sean could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, and reached by phone, Eddie said simply, "I'm shocked. I've stayed out of this deal,” and declined further comment.

The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel contributed to this story.

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