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ECU alum Mike Sutton taken off respirator

COOKEVILLE, TN — Tennessee Tech basketball coach Mike Sutton, fighting a rare illness that attacks the immune system, has been taken off a respirator, his wife said Friday.

Mike Sutton
Photo: Tenn. Tech

Sutton, a native of Farmville, had been on a ventilator since early April when he became ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an inflammatory disorder of the peripheral nerves that causes paralysis. He stopped using the ventilator Monday.

``It just happened really quickly,'' Sutton's wife Karen told the Cookeville Herald-Citizen. ``The respiratory people saw a lot of improvement and were prodding him along to get off the ventilator. Once you're off, it's time to move on.''

Sutton, 49, was moved Thursday from a hospital in Nashville to a private room at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

A 1978 graduate of East Carolina, Sutton was a longtime assistant to Tubby Smith at Tulsa, Georgia and Kentucky before taking over the Golden Eagles' program in 2002.

Sutton has a 51-38 record during his three seasons at Tennessee Tech.

Jury slaps recruiting guru with $30 million verdict

TUSCALOOSA — A jury awarded $30 million to former Alabama assistant coach Ronnie Cottrell on Friday in his defamation lawsuit against former recruiting analyst Tom Culpepper.

Jurors awarded Cottrell $6 million in compensatory damages and $24 million in punitive damages.

Cottrell's suit claimed Culpepper defamed him by saying he stole money from the Shaun Alexander Foundation, that he stole videotapes from the University of Alabama after his dismissal, and that he abandoned his first wife and family in Tallahassee.

Cottrell and another former Tide assistant, Ivy Williams, filed suit nearly two years ago against Culpepper and the NCAA, claiming they were unable to find comparable employment following the NCAA's investigation and sanctions against Alabama.

Cottrell is currently the head coach at Carroll High School in Ozark.

Earlier this week, Tuscaloosa Circuit Judge Steven Wilson threw out all claims against the NCAA, leaving only Cottrell's suit against Culpepper, who was a secret witness against Alabama in the investigation.

Wilson also reversed a previous ruling Thursday in a move that made it easier for Cottrell to prove his claims against Culpepper. Wilson ruled that Cottrell should be considered a private figure by the jury, rather than a limited-access public figure, as he had previously ruled.

The defense rested its case Thursday and both sides presented closing arguments earlier Friday.

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