Remember the Ten
Despite all these accomplishments at OSU, the 2001 plane crash while returning from a game in Colorado left a void that would never be filled. With a broken heart, Eddie insisted on calling each of the affected families himself, as he felt it was his responsibility. Though Sean Sutton reflected that “there has never been a day that I have been more proud of my dad,” this awful task took a heavy toll on Eddie. Moreover, he and the OSU community lost ten valued members of the basketball team and staff. Eddie said, “not a day goes by that I don’t think about every one of those guys, because they were all great people.”
It has been widely recognized as a remarkable achievement that OSU returned to the Final Four only three years later.