Eddie Sutton Court

 
Eddie Sutton Court
One of the proudest features at Gallagher-Iba Arena happens to be one of the oldest. Eddie Sutton Court, the gym's original white maple floor, is still in use today and undoubtedly the oldest and most heralded court still being used by a major college team today.
Installed 1938
Renamed 2005
Redesigned 2008
Wood Type White Maple
Eddie Sutton Court Overview
After so many wins on the court at Gallagher-Iba Arena, Eddie Sutton's name is now forever associated with the hardwood floor.

After Sutton passed mentor Henry Iba for seventh place in career coaching wins with an 83-73 victory over Iowa State during the 2004-05 season, Oklahoma State officials announced that the court would be named after the legendary coach.

"It means a great deal," Sutton said. "It is quite an honor."

Joey Graham and Ivan McFarlin each scored 20 points as Sutton won his 768th game to pass Iba, his mentor who coached him during his 36 years at Oklahoma State.

Iba was present when Sutton was hired at Oklahoma State in 1990, but died on Jan. 15, 1993 -- exactly 12 years before Sutton would pass him in career wins.

"Those three years, I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to really get closer to him," Sutton said. "Mr. Iba was such a wonderful man, but at times he was pretty private.

"When we'd send those student managers out to get him, he'd come down to practice and we had great conversations. He certainly gave to me as a player and then as a graduate assistant. All the things I learned gave me a very strong foundation as far as a basketball philosophy."

After the game, Oklahoma State officials honored Sutton with a plaque and made the announcement about Eddie Sutton Court.

Sutton thanked his wife, Patsy, and all the assistant coaches and players who've helped him in his career at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and the last 15 years at Oklahoma State.

He was also thankful to Iba -- who he still calls "Mr. Iba" -- for giving him a chance.

"I would never have been able to go to college without a scholarship," Sutton said. "Mr. Iba gave me a scholarship. My parents didn't pay my way to go to school.

"I got a quality education here, and these 15 years have kind of been a way I feel I've repaid a little of what OSU gave to me."

The floor, known affectionately for decades as "Mr. Iba's Court," was a host to basketball history from its inception. The first basketball game on the court matched up traditional powers Oklahoma A&M and the University of Kansas, with legendary coaches Henry Iba and Forrest "Phog" Allen guiding their teams from the sideline. In its 70 years of service, Eddie Sutton Court has arguably seen more college basketball icons play and coach than any other single court in the sport's history. Many of the coaching philosophies that shaped the game of basketball and influenced the careers of numerous coaches were first formulated by Mr. Iba on the fabled white maple.

The court was officially named in Eddie Sutton's honor on January 15, 2005, in a ceremony following Oklahoma State's 83-73 victory over Iowa State. The win was the 768th of Sutton's career and moved Sutton ahead of Henry Iba, his mentor who coached him during his 36 years at Oklahoma State.

Eddie Sutton Court received its most recent redesign in the summer of 2014. The new design freshens up the look of the white maple court while retaining a simple, classic theme that respects the rich tradition and legacy of the historic hardwood.

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Fall 2014 - Present

Eddie Sutton Court received its most significant redesign since 2008 prior to the 2014-15 season. The new design removed the bevel from the OSU brand and introduced a new font family in order to be consistent with new turf at Boone Pickens Stadium. The new Big 12 Conference logo, in an OSU orange and black colorway, was also added to the lanes.


Fall 2011 - Spring 2014

The court design underwent very minor changes prior to the 2011-12 season. The most significant change was the removal of the black 3-point line. A black semicircle was also added under each basket, in accordance with NCAA rules.


Fall 2008 - Spring 2011

Oklahoma State polled its fans during the summer of 2008, asking them to pick a new court design. The updated look for Eddie Sutton Court provided a more traditional look, with less paint covering the famed White Maple.


Fall 2006 - Spring 2008

The 2005 design remained largely the same going into the 2006-07 season. The biggest change was the removal of the Big 12 Conference tenth anniversary mark that had been applied over the normal conference logo.


Fall 2005 - Spring 2006

The original 2001 design was altered significantly by the start of the 2005-06 season. An orange gradient, intended to hide scuff marks, was added to the lane. The "Gallagher-Iba Arena" text was also removed.


January 22, 2005 - Spring 2005

On January 15, 2005, the Cowboys defeated Iowa State and secured head coach Eddie Sutton's 768th career victory. The athletic department honored Sutton after the game with a commemorative trophy and the announcement that the white maple floor would be named in his honor. Not long after this game, Coach Sutton's signature was added to the court, just below the names of legendary wrestling coach Ed Gallagher and Sutton's mentor, Henry Iba.


December 19, 2000 - January 15, 2005

With the completion of the "Raise the Roof" campaign to renovate and expand Gallagher-Iba, and the unveiling of the new athletic marks, the court was in need of an overhaul. The new, much larger, O-State logo was placed at center court. The updated OSU Brand was placed in the lanes, and the new "Oklahoma State" wordmark was positioned along the baselines. Pistol Pete received a makeover as well, giving him more of a realistic appearance.


Fall 1996 - Spring 2000

This design, introduced in the inaugural season of the Big 12 Conference, is identical to the 1993 design, with the exception of the added Big 12 logos opposite of the two Pistol Petes. The orange and black colors of the Big 12 logo were swapped in 2000 on the new floor design.


Fall 1993 - Spring 1996

This court, with its bold "Oklahoma State" along the black baselines, is one of the striking visuals from the resurgence of Cowboy basketball in the 1990's. The block O-State mark now graced the center court circle, replacing the OSU Brand from the previous design.


Early 1990's


Late 1980's


Early 1980's


1957

 

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