By Russell Rice
Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron is the licensed boigraphy of the nation's winningest basketball trainer. Written through longtime good friend and affiliate Russell Rice, the booklet lines Rupp's own lifestyles and a profession that spanned forty two years on the collage of Kentucky.
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He entered after the last bar of the national anthem; it was more dramatic that way. His quick eye noted whether the managers had folded the towels correctly and distributed the right quantity of chewing gum. There was a place for everything, and everything had to be in its place. At intermission, he would hang his coat in the first locker, use the urinal, wash his hands, and then talk to the boys. When the occasion warranted it, he delivered scorching criticism; then he would hand the chalk to his assistant.
To make matters worse, Georgia football coach Harry Mehre sat in for Horace Stegeman, the Bulldog basketball coach. "Harry tells the story about as well as anyone," Rupp said. " Actually, the UK scorebook lists only one officialO'Sullivanfor that game; next to O'Sullivan's name, in Rupp's handwriting, is the word terrible, underlined twice.
He became so submerged in molding his basketball teams that he often seemed aloof. But he was a perfectionist in everything he did, whether coaching a team, making a speech, or operating a farm. At the turn of the century, Halstead was a small frontier town along the Santa Fe Railroad in central Kansas, a few miles north of the urban sprawl of Wichita and a dozen miles east of Newton, the Harvey County seat. Before 1868, it was a feeding place for countless buffalo, deer, and antelope, and it was home to sodbusters, outlaws, cowboys, and Indians.