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Interview with Adolph Rupp

Part of University of Kentucky Athletics Project

Interview with Adolph Rupp
Adolph Rupp; interviewee. Russell Rice; interviewer.
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Adolph Rupp begins the interview with a discussion of rule changes regarding screen plays in basketball and referees, specifically talking about basketball referees Ben Chapman, Dan Tehan, Bowser Chest, and Max Macon. Rupp recalls the December 18, 1956 University of Kentucky-Duke basketball game and the a foul controversy that occurred at the end of the game. He discusses the process of recruiting players and how the process evolved over the years that he coached for the University of Kentucky. Rupp mentions the progression of scholarship offers, and talks about the rising demands of incoming players. Rupp discusses the questionable payments colleges gave to players, and the origins of the practice in professional sports. He briefly mentions the eras of University of Kentucky basketball, and his occasional run-ins with the original Celtics team. Rupp talks about the development of basketball in the South briefly, then goes on to discuss the development of the Southeastern Conference. He talks about various basketball coaches in the South, including Hank Crisp, James Harrison "Babe" McCarthy, Whack Hyder, Johnny Dee, Harry Rabenhorst, and Cliff Wells. Rupp finishes the interview with the development of the basketball hall of fame, and how he came to be inducted in to the hall of fame.
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
University of Kentucky
Rupp, Adolph, 1901-1977, University of Kentucky--Basketball, Basketball coaches--Biography, Basketball--History, Southeastern Conference, Basketball Hall of Famers, UKAW
University of Kentucky Athletics Project
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