By Russell Rice
Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron is the licensed boigraphy of the nation's winningest basketball trainer. Written by way of longtime buddy and affiliate Russell Rice, the ebook lines Rupp's own lifestyles and a profession that spanned forty two years on the collage of Kentucky.
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I thought I would coach the basketball team," Rupp said. " He had never even seen a wrestling match, but he persuaded Allie Morrison, a former AAU champion, to help coach the team. With Morrison's expert assistance, Rupp's team went undefeated and qualified for the state tournament at Ames. During the season, Rupp gave a preview of his uncompromising attitude toward competition. One of his wrestlers injured a shoulder in a fall from a bunk, but Rupp insisted that he compete in the next match. Although the boy did not have a chance of winning, his refusal to default gave the team a point that proved to be the winning margin in the match.
He was one of the main reasons I went to Kentucky. I knew he brought out the talent in his players. Adolph and Harry Lancaster were two of the best people I ever knew in basketball. Theirs was a relationship born out of loyalty because Harry could have left Adolph a number of times. He could have gone to great institutions in this country and become a head coach. Who knows what kind of career he could have had as one of the great coaches. He was simply a coach who loved Kentucky, the guy that made much of it work.
Even when he worked up the courage to ask a girl on a date, he couldn't step out of character. When Rupp dined at a restaurant with Esther Schmidt, one of the most popular young ladies in town, he drew basketball plays on the table-cloth. University of Illinois coach Craig Ruby was the speaker at Freeport's 1930 basketball banquet. He told Rupp that John Mauer had resigned as head coach at the University of Kentucky. Rupp was a hot coaching prospect, with a four-year record of 59-21. He had developed seven all-conference players and three scoring champions.
Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron by Russell Rice