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December 10, 2008

Tech coach Mike Sutton named to NCAA Tournament advisory committee

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Tech basketball coach Mike Sutton has been selected to serve as a voting member of the Regional Advisory Committee of the 2009 Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

Sutton, in his seventh season as head coach at Tech, will help steer the committee in its selections for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

"It is an honor to be selected for the Regional Advisory Committee for the NCAA Tournament," Sutton said. "I think the Selection Committee does a great job and they really try to get the most information that they can to make the process reflect having the best teams available.

"The Tournament is the financial lifeline for the NCAA so the process is extremely important, and I am excited to be a part of it," he said.

The Regional Advisory Committee's ballots are important tools that assist the national committee with the process of selecting at-large teams for the NCAA Tournament.

Sutton, 52, has compiled a 107-84 overall record at Tech, posting his milestone 100th career victory last season. This year, he passed Tom Deaton on the Tech coaching list for career victories, and now ranks third all-time in Golden Eagle history.

Sutton came to Tennessee Tech in 2003 after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, and became the most successful first-year coach in Golden Eagle history.

In 2004-05, the Golden Eagles rolled to the OVC regular season title, an 18-11 overall record and 12-4 league worksheet, and Sutton was named the OVC Coach of the Year.

"We are honored that Mike Sutton is so well-respected in the National basketball community that he has been selected as a voting member of this committee," said Mark Wilson, TTU Director of Athletics.