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Oral Roberts hires Sean Sutton as adviser

October 8, 2010

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— The reclamation of Sean Sutton’s coaching career has begun.

The former Oklahoma State basketball coach, who pleaded guilty in August to illegally obtaining prescription drugs and acknowledged an addiction to painkillers, will serve as an adviser to the Oral Roberts program led by his brother, Scott Sutton.

“He is a gifted and very experienced coach and he’ll be a great help to us,” school President Mark Rutland said Thursday during a news conference at the private Tulsa school. “At this university, we believe in the stewardship of gifts and we believe in the process of redemptive grace.”

Sean Sutton will not be able to give direct instruction to players, but he will be able to watch practice and film and make suggestions to his brother and the Golden Eagles’ three full-time assistant coaches.

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