By Russell Rice
Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron is the approved boigraphy of the nation's winningest basketball trainer. Written by way of longtime buddy and affiliate Russell Rice, the ebook strains Rupp's own lifestyles and a profession that spanned forty two years on the college of Kentucky.
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Rupp was outgoing and cheerful; when he entered a room, he drew a crowd. Mauer was a brilliant teacher, but a dour person who alienated people. The media, which had never warmed to Mauer, loved Rupp, who carried a lucky buckeye in one pocket and a pack of superstitions in the other. Rupp's most intriguing superstition was about the color brown. 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.
Walter E. Meanwell, a highly successful coach at the University of Wisconsin. The pivot man mainly fed the ball to the other players. Rupp chose Meanwell's man-to-man defense rather than Allen's zone because it was easier to teach. He taught his players to be sensitive on defense to openings where they could slide through and stay with their men. " Kloos said he never saw Rupp use any defense other than a man-to-man. Rupp was home for the holidays when Freeport played an exhibition game against the Illinois School for the Deaf, losing 16-14 in two overtimes.
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. Like his old coach, Allen, Rupp began by teaching the fundamentals of the game, drilling his players for hours before allowing them to scrimmage. He installed a new system to replace the slow-down offense used by Holmes. His offense relied on a fast break and two or three set plays built around the screens that he picked up from Dr. Walter E.
Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron by Russell Rice