STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) – Former Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton was released from a Stillwater hospital Friday after a response to a medication led paramedics to take him by ambulance to the emergency room.

Sutton was released between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., said Shyla Eggers, director of public affairs at Stillwater Medical Center.

Sutton had been “largely unresponsive” but able to communicate verbally with police officers and paramedics after they responded to a 911 call from a Stillwater convenience store around 9:34 a.m. Friday, Stillwater Police Capt. Randy Dickerson said.

Sutton told The Oklahoman the new medication was for neck pain.

“I feel better now than I have in three or four years physically and emotionally,” Sutton told the newspaper.

Sutton, who ranks fifth in career wins among Division I men’s coaches, retired in May after compiling 798 wins in 36 years as a college coach at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State, his alma mater. His retirement came about three months after a drunken-driving accident caused him to miss the Cowboys’ final 10 games last season. His son, Sean, replaced him as coach.

After his retirement, Sutton had begun working with a new alcohol education and support program at Oklahoma State. His first appearance was a speech in September to about 1,500 students at a fraternity house.

The Cowboys were to play Pittsburg State in their first exhibition game Friday night.

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