Sutton Says He Made Mistakes In First Season

Thursday, March 22nd 2007, 1:20 pm
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State basketball coach Sean Sutton says he has some regrets about the way he guided the Cowboys during his first season at the OSU helm.

The Cowboys started 15-1, but they struggled during the season's final weeks and finished at 22-13 after a first-round National Invitation Tournament loss at home to Marist.

Sutton says he wasn't as intense with his players during late-season practices as he should have been because he was concerned about the team's depth. OSU played with only eight scholarship players for much of the season.

He also says he shouldn't have given the Cowboys two days off following a lackluster win over Iowa State on January 27th. In their next game, the Cowboys lost to Colorado, which eventually finished last in the Big 12 Conference.

That loss started OSU's late-season skid.

Sutton says he thinks the Cowboys' problems became more mental than physical as the slump continued.

He says that next season's OSU team will have more competitive practices.