GARY HOLBROOK | AUTHOR | WEST LIBERTY KY

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Legacy of Coach Adolph Rupp | Famous Appalachian


Growing up in Kentucky as an athlete, i like thousands of others had dreams of playing for UK. Well ol Gary actually was recruited by Coach Rupp and his assistant Coach Joe B. Hall in 1965-66, during the time of much turmoil over the race issues and so forth. I was fortunate enough to be around Coach Rupp and his staff for practices and attended many games in Memorial Coliseum, where i got introduced under the big spotlight, along with other Kentucky recruits that year. It is hard to describe the feelings of being in front of a UK crowd in the spotlight. Sitting behind the bench with 'Rupp's runts' was something i will never forget. Although this ol hillbilly chose another route in college, i will always remember how nice Coach Rupp and his staff were to me and my father, during the visits. I know alot of people think Coach was a racist and so forth, but they will never make me believe it. Having personally been there i can say from the heart that Coach Rupp was a true, kind Appalachian, and possibly the greatest coach who ever lived. Thanks 'COACH' for all the wonderful memories you gave to alot of ol hillbillies just like me.

"What to do with a mistake-recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it. ... that's why they put erasers on pencils." Adolph Rupp

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