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Sutton to be treated for alcohol problem

Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton acknowledged Wednesday he drank alcohol before an accident that put him in the hospital and cast doubt about his future.

During a news conference, Sutton, 69, said he would seek treatment for alcoholism during his medical leave of absence.

In 1987, Sutton went to the Betty Ford Clinic while he was coach at Kentucky.

Sutton has had chronic hip and back pain in recent years. In September 2004, he cracked his tailbone in five places when he jumped into a ditch to avoid being hit by a vehicle.

The pain drove him to alcohol, he said.

"I make no excuses for what has happened," he said. "I recognize it and I will be seeking treatment for it."

EX-COACH WINS SUIT: Ohio State improperly fired coach Jim O'Brien in 2004 after learning he had loaned $6,000 to a recruit, Ohio Court of Claims Judge Joseph T. Clark ruled. O'Brien broke his contract, but the error was not serious enough to warrant firing, Clark said. O'Brien could receive nearly $9.5-million.

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