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FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: February 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm •  Published: April 2, 2008
Aug. 6, 1990: Sean Sutton transfers to OSU from a Lexington, Ky., junior college to play for his father, Eddie Sutton. Sean had played two seasons under his father at Kentucky.

March 1991: Sutton averages 10.2 points for an OSU team that loses in overtime to Temple in the NCAA Tournament East Region semifinals. It is OSU's first NCAA appearance in eight seasons.

March 28, 1992: In his last collegiate game, Sutton's 3-pointer pulls OSU to within a point of Michigan's Fab Five with eight seconds left in the NCAA Tournament Southeast Regional semis. But Juwan Howard steals Sutton's pass to OSU's Corey Williams and Michigan escapes with a 75-72 win.

June 2, 1992: Former OSU assistant Rob Evans hires Sutton to be his assistant at Mississippi.

May 21, 1993: Sutton replaces Bill Self, named Oral Roberts University's head coach, on his father's OSU staff.

April 1, 1995: OSU reaches the Final Four, falling to eventual champion UCLA and its star Ed O'Bannon, 74-61. It is OSU's first Final Four appearance since 1951.

Aug. 23, 2000: Sutton is named OSU's associate head coach.

March 15, 2001: Six weeks after a plane crash killed 10 associated with the program, OSU loses to USC in the first round of the NCAA Tournament East regional.

March 12, 2004: In the midst of a renaissance season in which OSU will win the Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles and reach the Final Four, Sutton withdraws his name from consideration for the SMU coaching vacancy amid reports he had begun talks with OSU on a deal that would assure he succeeded his father.

May 26, 2004: Harry Birdwell, then OSU athletic director, asks regents for approval to negotiation a contract ensuring that Sutton will succeed his father.

March 25, 2005: OSU falls 79-78 to Arizona in the Sweet 16 after Salim Stoudamire hits a jumper with 2.8 seconds left and OSU's John Lucas misses from deep in the corner as time expires on the Cowboys' last NCAA game to date.

June 2005: Sutton is named recruiter of the year by, which ranks OSU's incoming class No.

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