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Author Bolin, James Duane, 1955- author

Title Adolph Rupp and the rise of college basketball / James Duane Bolin
Published Lexington, Kentucky : The University Press of Kentucky, [2019]
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Contents The Halstead years, 1901-1919 -- The University of Kansas and the Jayhawk Café, 1919-1923 -- Before Big Blue, 1923-1930 -- Building a tradition, 1930-1941 -- World War II and the games march on, 1941-1945 -- The fabulous five -- The golden era, 1946-1951 -- Scandal -- The businessman at home -- From a canceled season to the fiddlin five, 1952-1958 -- Rupp and race -- Rupp's runts and runners-up -- Transitional times, 1966-1972 -- Forced retirement and post-UK years
Summary "As the person most responsible for creating the phenomenon that is University of Kentucky basketball, Adolph Rupp (1901-1977) is a legend in Kentucky and in the larger world of Division I college basketball. As UK's coach from 1930-1972, Rupp led the program to four NCAA championships and is the third most winning coach in NCAA history, behind Bobby Knight and Dean Smith. Rupp's record is not without blemish, however. In the late 1940s, three of his players were indicted in a point-shaving scandal, and in more recent years his legacy has been tarnished by claims that he was a racist. He was portrayed as such in the 2006 film Glory Road, which dramatized the 1966 defeat of the popular (and all-white) Rupp's Runts to an all-black Texas Western team in the NCAA championship game. In Adolph Rupp and the Rise of Big-Time College Basketball in America, James Duane Bolin sets the record straight by presenting a balanced picture of Rupp, with all of his faults-and incredible successes-firmly intact. Drawing upon a wealth of primary sources--including game summaries, correspondence, business and legal records, and hundreds of hours of recorded interviews with Rupp's relatives, former players, assistant coaches and administrators, and even the man himself--Bolin is able to provide an unprecedented level of insight into Rupp's life. The book begins with Rupp's youth in Kansas, including accounts of his interactions with James Naismith, basketball's inventor. Subsequent chapters examine his professional life, both before and during his tenure at UK; his most storied teams, including the Fabulous Five, which won championships in 1948 and 1949; and his many other business interests, such as his 500-acre farm and bourbon distilling"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Rupp, Adolph, 1901-1977.
Kentucky Wildcats (Basketball team) -- History.
Basketball coaches -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813177235 (electronic bk.)
9780813177236 (electronic bk.)