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By Russell Rice

Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron is the licensed boigraphy of the nation's winningest basketball trainer. Written by means of longtime buddy and affiliate Russell Rice, the booklet lines Rupp's own lifestyles and a occupation that spanned forty two years on the college of Kentucky.

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I thought I would coach the basketball team," Rupp said. " He had never even seen a wrestling match, but he persuaded Allie Morrison, a former AAU champion, to help coach the team. With Morrison's expert assistance, Rupp's team went undefeated and qualified for the state tournament at Ames. During the season, Rupp gave a preview of his uncompromising attitude toward competition. One of his wrestlers injured a shoulder in a fall from a bunk, but Rupp insisted that he compete in the next match. 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.

Once when he was at Freeport, he had bought a blue suit to replace his old brown one. He wore the new suit to a game, and his team got clobbered. " His favorite sign of good luck was finding a pin, especially a bobby pin, and particularly on the afternoon of a game. His players began dropping pins where he would be sure to find them. " Asked once if he was superstitious, Rupp said he had learned long ago that it was bad luck to be superstitious. '" Lexington's social life revolved around the big horse farms in the area, but Rupp wasn't interested in hobnobbing with that group.

Page 14 At the end of the 1923-24 school year, he accepted a teaching and coaching position at Burr Oak High School in Kansas, but the primitive conditions his teams labored under must have reminded him of his high school days. "I discovered on the first day of football practice that the team had no uniforms," he said. " The basketball team played its games in a skating rink, and the baseball and track facilities were also below the standards of other schools in the area. When Rupp went home for Thanksgiving that year, he got a lucky break when he met the principal of the high school at Marshalltown, Iowa, B.

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