By Russell Rice
Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron is the approved boigraphy of the nation's winningest basketball trainer. Written by way of longtime buddy and affiliate Russell Rice, the booklet lines Rupp's own existence and a profession that spanned forty two years on the college of Kentucky.
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I never saw a man with cold feet who wasn't nervous and jumpy," Allen said. ) In the locker room, the players never knew what to expect from Allen. One of his favorite tricks was to turn out the lights before his pregame talk. His first freshman team won only ten of eighteen games, but they filled Robinson Gym. The 1921-22 KU varsity took a 12-2 record into Columbia for the biggest game of the season, a rematch with a favored Missouri team that had already won at Lawrence. After holding a two-point lead at the half, the Jayhawkers stopped the Tiger offense and won 26-16, then won their remaining four games.
A Virgo, they say, is painstakingly thorough, methodical, and exact. Feeling seldom takes precedence over thinking. Virgos are detail oriented and demand perfection; they are often insensitive about the feelings of others. Virgos choose their friends carefully, but they want people around them because they find it difficult to be alone. Above all, they thrive on recognition. Adolph Rupp, born on September 2, 1901, fit the Virgo profile. To the Reverend Ed Beck, who played for Rupp, he was a human computer, "not in the mechanical sense, but in the ability to look into the future and decide what to do.
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. Rupp moved to Freeport High School in northern Illinois in the fall of 1926.
Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron by Russell Rice