By Russell Rice
Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron is the licensed boigraphy of the nation's winningest basketball trainer. Written via longtime good friend and affiliate Russell Rice, the publication strains Rupp's own existence and a occupation that spanned forty two years on the college of Kentucky.
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He gave his players a lot of freedom, and I think he was Page 21 successful because of that wide-open style. You had to be an all-around player to play for Rupp. '' Kentucky and 12 other schools left the Southern Conference and formed the Southeastern Conference in December 1932. Using screening plays, the Wildcats won forty-eight games before losing to an SEC team. Rupp claimed the inside screen was UK's big contribution to the game of basketball. Rupp continued John Mauer's winning tradition on the court, and unlike his predecessor, he presented a winning image off the court as well.
Rupp drew much of his philosophy from Naismith, but it was Allen's quirks and habits he copied. He differed from both of his mentors, however, in the way he treated his players. "His door was always open to basketball players," Rupp said of Naismith. " Allen, too, got close to his players. Rupp, though, kept his "boys" at a distance. Allen appealed to men's loves; his goal was to get into their hearts, know their families, discover their interests, study their temperaments, and feel their sorrows.
When I arrived at UK, Russell was sports editor of The Lexington Leader. He attended practically every practice session and traveled with us on the road. He wrote a daily column that covered all sports, not just basketball and football. Sometimes he would write about catching nightcrawlers while others wrote about Keeneland racing that afternoon and Kentucky playing Georgia in football that night. For the combined Sunday paper, Russell preferred to write the "sidebar" story about human elements of a game and let the Herald sports editor do the game story.
Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron by Russell Rice