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University of Kentucky Athletics: Adolph Rupp Oral History Project

Project Summary

Adolph Rupp, known as the "Baron of the Bluegrass" and "The Man in the Brown Suit," served as University of Kentucky's basketball coach from 1931 to 1972. During his time at UK, Rupp earned an eighty-two percent win percentage, twenty-seven Southeastern Conference titles, and four NCAA championships. In these interviews, Rupp discusses his experiences growing up and playing basketball in Halstead, Kansas, his time as a student and basketball player at University of Kansas, and his coaching career at Freeport High School (Illinois) and University of Kentucky. He describes the transition between University of Kansas coaches Karl Schlademan and Forrest "Phog" Allen and what is what like to play for each. Rupp also discusses Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. In addition, Rupp describes his transition from coaching at Freeport High School (Indiana) to University of Kentucky. He discusses his experiences coaching at UK including the players, recruiting players, integrating the basketball team, games, championships, and his coaching style and strategy. Additionally, Rupp discusses his relationship with and the changes that occurred under various UK Presidents including Frank L. McVey, Herman L. Donovan, Frank G. Dickey, and John W. Oswald.

Project Code

ukarupp


Interviews in this Project (19 Total):

Interview Accession Number: 1996oh021_af536
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh022_af537
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh024_af539
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh023_af538
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh025_af540
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh026_af541
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh027_af542
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh028_af543
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh029_af544
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh030_af545
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh031_af546
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh032_af547
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh033_af548
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh034_af549
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh035_af550
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh036_af551
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh037_af552
Interviewer: Russell Rice
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh038_af553
Interviewer: Russell Rice
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1996oh039_af554
Interviewer: Russell Rice
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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