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Librarian's Note: this is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 0813177200 (ISBN13: 9780813177205). 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 t Librarian's Note: this is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 0813177200 (ISBN13: 9780813177205). 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.


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Librarian's Note: this is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 0813177200 (ISBN13: 9780813177205). 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 t Librarian's Note: this is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 0813177200 (ISBN13: 9780813177205). 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.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Adolph Rupp is a name that most of us Kentuckians learn as a little kid. Almost every home is a Wildcat loving home, and that was especially true for mine growing up. UK games were, and are, a way of life for us. We set our schedules and plans around games. We wait in the rain in tents for days to get tickets for the first official practice of the year. We breathe, sleep, and thrive on basketball from fall until spring. We live and die by our Cats. A love of Rupp is just ingrained into our being. Adolph Rupp is a name that most of us Kentuckians learn as a little kid. Almost every home is a Wildcat loving home, and that was especially true for mine growing up. UK games were, and are, a way of life for us. We set our schedules and plans around games. We wait in the rain in tents for days to get tickets for the first official practice of the year. We breathe, sleep, and thrive on basketball from fall until spring. We live and die by our Cats. A love of Rupp is just ingrained into our being. Many of us have stepped inside the hallowed halls of Rupp Arena, for ball games or concerts or graduations, and we have never questioned the man in the brown suits greatness to the game. Though, like with everything, times are changing and so are ideas about people we have come to admire. Was Adolph Rupp undeniably one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time? Of course he was. Was he a racist who had no interest in letting African American players onto his time? It's very possible. Can I say for sure one way or the other? No, because I wasn't there. Rupp lived in a time when racism was rampant and, sadly, almost expected and certainly was accepted. Does that make it right that he was a potential racist? No, it absolutely does not. That sort of issue mars the history of America, it's a scar that we can never erase and that we shouldn't. We should learn from the past in that way, be better, move forward. UK did eventually become fully integrated, and that is the only way I have ever known UK to be. I just know that I can never look at Rupp with entirely rose colored glasses like I did as a child, because no man should be put on a pedestal.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Thorough! A well researched biography of the Baron of Kentucky with analysis of his character and the overriding rumor that he had to conquer.

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