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Eddie Sutton brings courtroom drama

Retired coach Eddie Sutton testified for a former assistant coach who is suing the University of Minnesota and Golden Gophers coach Tubby Smith, creating quite a courtroom scene.

Jimmy Williams filed the lawsuit after he quit his job at Oklahoma State so he could join Smith's staff, only to be ultimately denied the position because of athletic director Joel Maturi's concerns about previous NCAA violations.

According to the Star Tribune, Smith watched as Sutton, who has 804 career wins, gave testimony that it is common practice in college basketball for head coaches to have the power to name their assistants rather than athletic directors.

Under cross-examination, university lawyer Brian Slovut went to work on the 74-year-old Sutton and raised a subject matter that angered the coaching legend and one that Smith should know a thing or two about -- Kentucky.

Sutton resigned as Kentucky's coach in 1989 while the NCAA was investigating the program and didn't appreciate it all being brought up in court.

Of the Kentucky investigation, Sutton said he was cleared completely. Slovut noted that one of his Wildcats assistants was not. Sutton conceded that he was in charge, but said angrily: "We thought that program was as clean as Kentucky would ever be. They [NCAA investigators] were after Kentucky. They laid traps."

Slovut at one point even offered Sutton a copy of the NCAA report, and Sutton bristled.

Sutton said he didn't want it because he had already read it many times.

He later apologized to the courtroom and asked Slovut for a copy of the NCAA report about his tenure with the Wildcats.

"If you have an extra copy of it, I'd like to have it if I write a book," Sutton said.