Director Fred Sciretta’s Eddie is the story of Eddie Sutton, who coached the basketball teams of the Universities of Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State. During his college coaching career, Sutton is one of only eight NCAA Division I coaches to have had more than 800 career wins. And for 28 years, his teams only missed one NCAA tournament.
Yet this movie is about more than just the game, more than the conference championships and trips to the Final Four, but also addiction, the devastating 2001 Oklahoma State basketball team plane crash and the relationships Sutton had with his sons Sean, who served him as an assistant coach before taking over his job, and Scott, who played for him before becoming a coach.
Telling the tale of Eddie are some notable figures from the sports world and beyond, like former President of the United States Bill Clinton, NBA player Rex Chapman, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, University of Kansas head coach and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Bill Self, ESPN sportscaster and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Dick Vitale, and basketball analyst and radio host Doug Gottlieb.
I know nothing about basketball, but the human story here had me really interested. You’ll take away a lot here learning what makes a high functioning coach stay a winner and even discover something from the bad decisions he made along the way.
You can learn more at the official site. Eddie is now available on demand from Lionsgate, who were kind enough to send us a review copy.