Adolph Rupp and the Rise of Kentucky Basketball
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
An in-depth look at the life of the influential University of Kentucky basketball coach and his legacy.
Known as the “Man in the Brown Suit” and the “Baron of the Bluegrass,” Adolph Rupp (1901–1977) is a towering figure in the history of college athletics. In Adolph Rupp and the Rise of Kentucky Basketball, historian James Duane Bolin goes beyond the wins and losses to present the fullest account of Rupp’s life to date based on more than one-hundred interviews with Rupp, his assistant coaches, former players, University of Kentucky presidents and faculty members, and his admirers and critics, as well as court transcripts, newspaper accounts, and other archival materials. His teams won four NCAA championships (1948, 1949, 1951, and 1958), the 1946 National Invitation Tournament title, and twenty-seven Southeastern Conference regular season titles. Rupp’s influence on the game of college basketball and his impact on Kentucky culture are both much broader than his impressive record on the court.
Bolin covers Rupp’s early years?from his rural upbringing in a German Mennonite family in Halstead, Kansas, through his undergraduate years at the University of Kansas playing on teams coached by Phog Allen and taking classes with James Naismith, the inventor of basketball?to his success at Kentucky. This revealing portrait of a pivotal figure in American sports also exposes how college basketball changed, for better or worse, in the twentieth century.
Praise for Adolph Rupp and the Rise of Kentucky Basketball
“This detailed and richly researched biography is written in a clear and engaging manner that reflects the work of a historian at the top of his game. Bolin is definitely fully engaged with Adolph Rupp’s multi-faceted life and has demonstrated his mastery of his wide-ranging sources. An excellent book!” —Richard O. Davies, Distinguished Profess or History, Emeritus, University of Nevada, Reno
“An incisive analysis of Adolph Rupp’s role in creating the Big Blue Nation . . . . An unvarnished and well-sourced examination of a flawed human being . . . . A must-read for any true Kentucky fan.” —Roberta Schultz, WVXU Radio Cincinnati
Available since: 03/15/2019.
Print length: 398 pages.