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Image 3 of Basketball, 1965

Part of University of Kentucky Basketball Media Guides (Men)

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As Baron Adolph Rupp begins his 35th year at the helm of University of Kentucky's heralded cage force, he is able to look back proudly over a success story that is not likely to be surpassed for many a season to come. Few major goals of the coaching profession have escaped the grasp of Coach Rupp down through the years and, as he approaches the twilight of a fabulous career, even former adversaries are readily attesting to his greatness. The "Man In The Brown Suit" is finally being given his due credit for building the game of basketball into the crowd-pleasing sport it is today. In his own backyard (the Southeastern Conference) particularly, it is generally acknowledged that Rupp is the prime benefactor of Dixie basketball— having goaded loop schools into providing better places to play, recruiting better boys and giving more emphasis to the sport. On the record, the Kentucky coach (63 years young) is off and running toward a unique goal of 800 coaching victories. He may never achieve it, but past experience indicates he will give it that "old college try" as long as he has the urge and as health permits. Last season, Rupp attained a coveted goal—his 700th coaching career victory. The big win came on the road at the expense of Georgia—particularly fitting since the same club had handed him his first UK coaching loss at the same scene 34 years before. And it became singularly impressive since the UK tutor could point to achievement of the milestone at the earliest point in his career of any "member" of the club. Only one other still-active coach and a pair who have now retired have attained the creditable feat. Forrest (Phog) Allen of Kansas become the first to pick up 700 career wins as he accomplished the aim in 1952—in the 42nd year of his coaching tenure. He stepped down after 46 years with a record of 770 wins and 233 losses. Western Kentucky's colorful Ed Diddle was in his 38th year of coaching in 1960 as he notched victory No. 700. And he retired after a 42nd campaign last season that raised his record to 759-302. Still active at Oklahoma State after 35 years and a 700th victory recorded in the final game of last season is Henry (Hank) Iba. MILESTONES IN THE RUPP RECORD Victory No. 100 — December 9, 1936 .............. ............ Georgetown (Ky.) (H) 46 Victory No. 200 — January 9, 1943 ................. ............................ Xavier (A) 43 Victory No. 300 — January 25, 1947 ............... ............................ Xavier (H) 71 Victory No. 400 — February 4, 1950 ................ ...................... Mississippi (A) 61 Victory No. 500 — December 22, 1954 ............ .......................... La Salle (H) 63 Victory No. 600 — January 29, 1959 ............... ........................ Georgia (H) 108 Victory No. 700 — February 3, 1964 ............... ........................ Georgia (A) 103 1