Interview with Adolph Rupp, May 1, 1971

Project: University of Kentucky Athletics: Adolph Rupp Oral History Project

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Adolph Rupp begins the interview by recalling Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, who remained at the University of Kansas after his protege "Phog" Allen, took over coaching duties in the 1919-1920 season (Rupp's first year as a student at KU). Specifically, Rupp remembers Naismith's belief that basketball would never become a popular sport with fans, and his part later on in surprising Naismith and his wife with a trip to the 1936 Olympics to see basketball played as an Olympic sport for the first time. Rupp then discusses various coaching positions at Burr Oak, Kansas, and Marshalltown, Iowa--where he also coached the wrestling team--and talks extensively about his time coaching at Freeport High School (Illinois). He concludes the interview with an explanation of how he came to know about the opening at the University of Kentucky.

Interview Accession

1996oh023_af538

Interviewee Name

Adolph Rupp

Interviewer Name

Russell Rice

Interview Date

1971-05-01

Interview Keyword

Adolph Rupp basketball

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Rupp, Adolph Interview by Russell Rice. 01 May. 1971. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Rupp, A. (1971, May 01). Interview by R. Rice. University of Kentucky Athletics: Adolph Rupp Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Rupp, Adolph, interview by Russell Rice. May 01, 1971, University of Kentucky Athletics: Adolph Rupp Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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