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Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron by Russell Rice

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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 way of longtime buddy and affiliate Russell Rice, the e-book lines Rupp's own existence and a profession that spanned forty two years on the collage of Kentucky.

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In those days, a player could jump and tip the ball to himself. In the last minute and a half of the Missouri game, Endacott tipped the ball and let Missouri tie him up. The clock kept running, and he had possession of the ball when the game ended, Kansas winning 23-20. The Jayhawkers, undefeated in collegiate play, claimed the nation's championship. Endacott and Charlie Black were named All-America, and Endacott was named Player of the Year by the Helms Foundation. Allen described Rupp as an intelligent player who excelled in the classroom and was one of the most popular students on campus.

Rupp knew he would lose his job unless he maintained Freeport's winning tradition. Freeport had a new high school, a new gym, and was near Chicago. The metropolitan newspapers listed area high school scores, and they even wrote about the coaches. Rupp couldn't have dreamed of a better setup. Page 15 Rupp's players quickly learned of the intensity that would become famous. "Rupp wouldn't let you waste time," George Schmelzle remembered. " Lightweight coach George Kloos said his main job was sitting on the bench and holding Rupp down.

They caught catfish in the Little Arkansas River and hunted rabbits, ducks, geese, quail, and prairie chickens, which were abundant in the area. Adolph was in the second grade when District 33 erected a basketball goal at the school. On the farm, the Rupp boys nailed a barrel ring to a tool shed and played with a ball their mother made by stitching a feed sack filled with rags and straw. "The thing about that ball was that you couldn't dribble it," Adolph would recall. " Henry described his brother as a leader who insisted that things be done the right way, and Otto said, ''Adolph took to the game right away.

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