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Sutton has immune system disease

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech coach Mike Sutton was
still in critical condition Wednesday at Vanderbilt University
Medical Center, where he is being treated for a rare illness that
attacks the immune sysem.

Sutton, 49, fell ill while attending a tournament for potential
NBA players in Portsmouth, Va., earlier this month and was admitted
to a Virginia hospital.

He was transferred to Nashville last Friday, and doctors are
treating him for Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disease that
attacks the immune system and causes paralysis. Most patients
recover but the length of the illness is unpredictable and can
often require months in the hospital.

Hospital officials referred all questions on Sutton's condition
to Tennessee Tech. The school is posting periodic updates on its
Web site.

Sutton just finished his third season at Tennessee Tech and was
coach of the year in the Ohio Valley Conference.