By Russell Rice
Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron is the licensed boigraphy of the nation's winningest basketball trainer. Written via longtime buddy and affiliate Russell Rice, the publication lines Rupp's own existence and a profession that spanned forty two years on the collage of Kentucky.
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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. In addition to a full teaching load, he coached the line in football and the track and heavyweight basketball teams. The 1915 Freeport team, led by captain Pat Holmes, had won the state tournament, and Holmes himself coached the school to another state championship in 1926. When Holmes left Freeport to become freshman football coach at the University of Wisconsin, Rupp succeeded him.
Rupp had conducted a similar session with Ralph Ruhe at Freeport five years earlier. Rupp had told Ruhe, the only returning starter from Freeport's state championship team, that the slow-down offense used by coach Pat Holmes was going out the window. From that time on, the Pretzels would run. Spicer got the same message: a new sheriff was in town and the boys were going to have fun. "Carey got the word around to the others," Rupp said. " Spicer remembers, though, that Rupp asked him about Mauer's offense.
His door was always open to basketball players," Rupp said of Naismith. " Allen, too, got close to his players. Rupp, though, kept his "boys" at a distance. Allen appealed to men's loves; his goal was to get into their hearts, know their families, discover their interests, study their temperaments, and feel their sorrows. He never cursed at his players. Rupp also wrote that a coach should control his temper, refraining from striking or cursing a player. "Don't call a boy yellow or a quitter," he advised.
Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron by Russell Rice