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Longtime coach charged with DUI

Longtime coach charged with DUI

The Associated Press
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 02.18.2006

STILLWATER, Okla. Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol Friday after tests showed his blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit following a car crash last week.

Sutton, who is on a medical leave of absence, also was charged by Payne County prosecutors with speeding and driving left of center.

After the accident, tests showed Sutton had a blood alcohol content of .22, almost three times the legal limit in Oklahoma, according to an affidavit filed with the misdemeanor charge.

Sutton, 69, admitted he has an alcohol problem and apologized earlier this week for the accident that has cast a cloud over his 35-year coaching career.

"I made a serious mistake," he said. "I recognize it and I accept the consequences."

Hall finalists named

HOUSTON Moments after he was chosen as a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame, Charles Barkley lobbied all 24 voters to elect Dominique Wilkins.

"Dominique should have got in last year," Barkley said Friday after the 16 finalists for the Class of 2006 were announced.

Wilkins was dubbed "The Human Highlight Film" for his breathtaking above-the-rim play.

The other finalists are: Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma; Detroit Pistons president Joe Dumars; ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale; Adrian Dantley, whose 23,177 career points rank 18th in NBA history; and Ralph Sampson, a three-time national college player of the year.

Also, Big East founder Dave Gavitt; former Purdue coach

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