University of Kentucky Athletics: Adolph Rupp Oral History Project

Description: 
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 Accession: 
UKARUPP
Interview Keywords: 
Amateur Athletics Union Men's Basketball Championship (1935)   Southern Conference Men's Basketball Championship (1931)   UK Basketball (1934-1935)   UK Basketball (1943-1944)   UK Basketball (1944-1945)   UK Basketball (1945-1946)   UK Basketball (1946-1947)   UK Basketball (1947-1948)   UK Basketball (1948-1949)   UK Basketball (1949-1950)   UK Basketball (1950-1951)   UK Basketball (1951-1952)   UK Basketball (1953-1954)   UK Basketball (1954-1955)   UK Basketball (1955-1956)   UK Basketball (1956-1957)   UK Basketball (1957-1958)   UK Basketball (1958-1959)   UK Basketball (1959-1960)   UK Basketball (1960-1961)   UK Basketball (1962-1963)   UK Basketball (1963-1964)   UK Basketball (1964-1965)   UK Basketball (1965-1966)   UK Basketball (1966-1967)   UK Basketball (1967-1968)   UK Basketball (1968-1969)   UK Basketball (1969-1970)   UK Basketball (1970-1971)   UK Basketball (1971-1972)   University of Kansas Basketball (1922-1923)  
Themes: 
LC Subjects: 
Allen, Forrest Claire, 1885-   Basketball--Coaches--Biography   Basketball--History   Bee, Clair Francis, 1896-1983   Boyd County (Ky.)   Bradshaw, Charlie, 1924-1999   Brown, John Young, Jr., 1933-   Bryant, Paul W.   Bunn, John William, 1898-   Cann, Howard, 1895-1992   Carlson, Henry Clifford, 1894-1964   Chandler, William S.   Collier, Blanton, 1906-1983   Dickey, Frank Graves   Donovan, Herman Lee, 1887-1964   Edwards, George   Finley, Charles Oscar, 1918-1996   Freeport (Ill.)   Gamage, Harry, 1900-1994   Gill, Amory T., 1901-1966   Halstead (Kan.)   Hinkle, Tony   Horse racing   Keaney, Frank William   Keogan, George E., 1890-1943   Kirwan, Albert Dennis   Lambert, Ward L., 1888-1958   Lapchick, Joe, 1900-   Lexington (Ky.).   McCracken, Branch, 1908-1970   McVey, Frank LeRond, 1869-1953   Meanwell, Walter E. (Walter Earnest), b. 1879   Mennonites--Kansas   Naismith, James, 1861-1939  

Restriction: 
No Restrictions
Number of Interviews: 
19

 
 Interviewee(s)
 Accession Number
 Date
 Interviewer
 Access
 Restrictions
Adolph Rupp  
1996oh021_af536  

Russell Rice
Online
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Adolph Rupp  
1996oh022_af537  

Russell Rice
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Adolph Rupp  
1996oh023_af538  
1971-05-01
Russell Rice
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Adolph Rupp  
1996oh024_af539  

Russell Rice
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Adolph Rupp  
1996oh025_af540  

Russell Rice
Online
No restrictions
Adolph Rupp  
1996oh026_af541  

Russell Rice
Online
No restrictions
Adolph Rupp  
1996oh027_af542  

Russell Rice
Online
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Adolph Rupp  
1996oh028_af543  

Russell Rice
Online
No restrictions
Adolph Rupp  
1996oh029_af544  

Russell Rice
Online
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Adolph Rupp  
1996oh030_af545  
1971-06-08
Russell Rice
Online
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Adolph Rupp  
1996oh031_af546  

Russell Rice
Online
No restrictions
Adolph Rupp  
1996oh032_af547  
1971-09-01
Russell Rice

No restrictions
Adolph Rupp  
1996oh033_af548  
1971-10-28
Russell Rice
Online
No restrictions
Adolph Rupp  
1996oh034_af549  

Russell Rice
Online
No restrictions
Adolph Rupp  
1996oh035_af550  

Russell Rice
Online
No restrictions
Adolph Rupp  
1996oh036_af551  

Russell Rice
Online
No restrictions
Adolph Rupp  
1996oh037_af552  

Russell Rice

No restrictions
Adolph Rupp  
1996oh038_af553  

Russell Rice

No restrictions
Adolph Rupp  
1996oh039_af554  

Russell Rice

No restrictions

  

  

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