The attorney for former Oklahoma State coach Sean Sutton entered a not guilty plea to four felony drug-related charges Tuesday and said his client is in a treatment center.
The attorney, Trace Morgan, explained the reason for Sutton's absence at the arraignment to Payne County Special Judge Michael Stano, who set an April 5 hearing date. Morgan later declined to comment to reporters.
Sutton, 41, was arrested Thursday after agents from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs said he picked up a shipment of painkillers under another person's name.
Authorities said the package contained about 40 pills, which included the anti-anxiety drug clonazepam and two forms of the stimulant Adderall. An affidavit said Sutton told the agent he had obtained the drugs from people he had met while in an inpatient rehabilitation program.
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Prosecutors have charged Sutton with four felonies — obtaining a controlled dangerous substance (oxycodone) by fraud, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (oxycodone) without a prescription, attempted possession of controlled dangerous substances (clonazepam and Adderall) and use of a communications device to facilitate a felony.
Virginia Tech 87, No. 23 Wake Forest 83: Malcolm Delaney scored 10 of his 31 points in the decisive final seven minutes at Blacksburg, Va.
The Hokies remained unbeaten in 14 home games this season, moved into second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference and got the kind of win they need to help offset one of the nation's weakest nonconference schedules.
Wake Forest, which moved into the Top 25 for the first time this week, led most of the game until a 15-4 run by the Hokies pulled them even.
No. 11 Michigan St. 72, Indiana 58: Draymond Green scored 14 points and Kalin Lucas added 13 to lead the Spartans at Bloomington, Ind. It was the second straight win for the Spartans who took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Verdell Jones had 20 points and Christian Watford added 14 for the Hoosiers, who lost their seventh straight.
No. 22 Baylor 88, Texas Tech 70: At Waco, Texas, LaceDarius Dunn scored 30 points and Ekpe Udoh had 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks for Baylor, which earned its third consecutive 20-win season.
Murray State 80, Southeast Missouri 68: The host Racers clinched the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship and extended their win streak to 16 games behind Danero Thomas' 18 points.
Ex-Memphis St. coach dies
Dana Kirk, who coached the Memphis State Tigers to a 1985 Final Four appearance that was vacated because of NCAA violations, has died. He was 74.
Kirk, who also was an assistant at Louisville under Denny Crum, died Monday in Memphis. Kirk was fired after the 1986 season, just before he was indicted on income tax evasion. He served four months in prison. Kirk was 158-58 in seven years at the school now called the University of Memphis.
Cousins, Wall award finalists
Kentucky freshmen DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall have been named finalists for the 2010 Oscar Robertson Trophy, presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
The honor is to be presented to the association's national player of the year. The two are the only freshmen on the list of 16 finalists and one of only two sets of teammates (Cole Alderich and Sheron Collins of Kansas).