Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron by Russell Rice

By Russell Rice

Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron is the licensed boigraphy of the nation's winningest basketball trainer. Written through longtime good friend and affiliate Russell Rice, the ebook strains Rupp's own lifestyles and a occupation that spanned forty two years on the college of Kentucky.

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As an undergraduate, he was chairman of the varsity dance committee, which indicated his growing interest in girls, but basketball, studies, and the cafe had taken up all of Rupp's spare time. Rupp never did have a steady girlfriend at Kansas. He was happy to socialize with girls in a group, but he was not a one-on-one person. Page 14 At the end of the 1923-24 school year, he accepted a teaching and coaching position at Burr Oak High School in Kansas, but the primitive conditions his teams labored under must have reminded him of his high school days.

I hoped my newspaper training would help keep me on that simple pathif I tackled the project. I began to sift through the "Rupp Stories," the stuff of legend in Kentucky. I interviewed former players and talked to people who knew him but never played for him, from bankers to farmers to Shriners. All the while I guarded against getting bogged down with thrice-told tales, game scores, statistics. One statistic, though, was unavoidable: Adolph Rupp won 896 basketball games, more than any college coach living or dead.

They reported to him on December 26 in Omaha. m. After a long hike in the country, they would practice, eat lunch, take a nap, and practice again. "It was exhausting, but we didn't mind," Rupp said. " Kansas had a fine shooting and ballhandling team that was big enough to control the boards. Allen used a fast break, but he had no screening plays. Since most of the players had been together for three years, they ran their plays with precision. "We were always on the move," Rupp said. " Playing before a capacity crowd, the Jayhawkers held Creighton to one late field goal in a 29-7 victory.

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