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Calipari and Rupp have the same exact record at UK so far

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Here’s a fun fact from ESPN’s broadcast last night: through 166 games, John Calipari and Adolph Rupp have the exact same coaching record, 136-30 (.819).  (After Kentucky’s win, I’m going to assume their records are still the same after 167 games.)

Not too shabby.

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26 Comments for Calipari and Rupp have the same exact record at UK so far

  1. 2mites
    12:49 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Rupp is the man any coach in the country can only aspire to be. If he had 34 game schedules and 6 game tournaments his record would likely be unreachable by anyone. He was far ahead of his time and a great asset to UK. Congrats to Cal and keep on keeping on.

    • Rockfield, KY
      1:32 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      I wish I could share this comment. You said it perfectly.

    • Its cold out
      2:02 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      “Rupp is the man any coach in the country can only aspire to be…” Yes, if a coach wants to drive a program into an NCAA Death Penalty or shave some points, then Rupp is your man.

    • Brandon
      4:38 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      Nothing interesting on the Louisville boards, troll?

    • bigblue091812
      8:32 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      Rupp never had sex with Harry Lancaster’s wife in their favorite eating spot, didn’t put up with Behanans and Wares of the world and your wrong, they never recieved the death penalty under Rupp you trolling idiot. How can any fan whose teams are led by Slick Rick and Slime Bag Booby say anything about any coach anywhere. Just shows you how stupid LOSERVILLE GHETTO RAT fans are.

  2. Leesie
    12:52 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Two legendary coaches. What an honor for Coach Cal and UK is so lucky to have him. Maybe someday our new arena will be named Cal’s Castle!!

  3. fatkidineastky
    12:55 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Let that stat sink in…….now remember the disproportionate parity in today’s game versus the games in Rupp’s days….now take a deep breath and realize just how good this staff and Coal Cal are for U of K BBN

  4. Mudcreekmark
    1:00 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    They have announced the top 25 players on the Wooden Watch List on ESPN. Julius Randle made the cut but Joel Embid from Kansas did not. Funny thing that someone who may be the number one pick didn’t make the cut for the top 25 players in the country.

    • M
      1:01 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      But he can still make the final list correct?

    • Mudcreekmark
      1:03 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      I assume that this cannot be the final list because there is so much basketball left to play.

    • M
      1:08 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      I expect Embiid will still have a shot to be on the final list sort of like Oladipo last season. I think it’s easy to rattle Embiid though. He doesn’t have much composure with physical play.

  5. Kyle P.
    1:00 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    …And people will still complain about the One and Done players…

  6. Mudcreekmark
    1:01 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    OH by the way, when I clicked on the list they showed Julius Randle top ten plays of the year. Spoiler alert, there were a lot of vicous dunks on the reel.

  7. Chaz
    1:24 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    I started watching UK basketball when Conley, Riley, and the rest of the the runts played, and followed Adolph & UK all the way through today. I never saw him Rupp jump up and down like Cal does on the sidelines, but it wouldn’t surprise me in he did that in the locker room at halftime. GO CATS!!

    • rainman
      1:57 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      Rumor has it, his words could peel the paint from the walls!
      He didn’t need to jump up and down!
      Cal simply put, the perfect man for the perfect job! We couldn’t do ANY better!

    • Chaz
      2:37 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      one of my favorite Rupp quotes:

      Once the Fabulous Five ran up a 38-4 halftime lead, but Rupp was furious – a single player had scored all the opponent’s points, and the Baron wanted him stopped. “Somebody guard that man,” Rupp bellowed. “Why, he’s running wild !”

      Talk about lockdown defenders today – that’s how Adolph Rupp delt with it then

  8. Steve Fitts
    1:35 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Yes, but Cal won his first national championship in season #3 and Rupp didn’t win his first national championship until season #18!

    • C....A.....T......S......CATS!
      1:40 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink


      You make a point…but your point does not “fits”.

      If you remember… Coach Cal has said repeatedly that one of the main factors UK has to offer is their “HISTORY”…. their “REPUTATION”. Unlike other places where CAL coached when he had to sell what they could do, who they are… at UK, he does not have to DO that to get recruits because KENTUCKY BASKETBALL SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.

      Why does it speak for itself? COACH RUPP.

      There would be NO NCAA Championships under Cal, Pitino, or Hall… if it were NOT FOR COACH RUPP. POST #1 say’s it best….

      ON….ON…..U OF K!

    • M
      2:15 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      Sure had some good recruiting under BCG. Yes the team name and history helps, but landing the recruits Cal was able to land in year one, after the cupboard was nearly empty, was phenomenal. Cal should have won a title with Memphis, but the team choked.

  9. Comparison
    2:04 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    The win/loss records may be the same. However, Rupp has an entire vacated season with an NCAA death penalty. Calipari only has 2 vacated Final Fours. He has some work to do.

    • just wondering
      2:17 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      Do you actually know what the reasoning was that UK didn’t play that season? The official reasoning? not what revisionist historians have led you to believe?

  10. bung
    3:02 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Rupp came in as new college coach to a weak program…Cal had many years experience before his 1st 5 at Ky. We were lucky to have Adolph Rupp and all his wins and we are lucky to have Cal trying to continue it…

  11. serdi
    3:35 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Let this sink in to you about all of the coaches that have passed Coach Rupp in all-time wins category:

    He is the ONLY coach to have 879 victories with LESS than 200 losses. LESS than 200 losses. None of the talking heads on ESPN or writers in the magazines ever touch upon that. No one will ever win 879 games with 190 losses like Coach Rupp did.

    • 2mites
      5:04 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      My hats off to you for the excellent stat and post.

  12. bigblue091812
    8:39 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Coach Rupp or Coach Cal has never been found guilty by the NCAA of any wrong doing. And, Rupp was not a racist as they want you to believe. He recruited several black players who wouldn’t come because they didn’t want to play in the deep south.
    And if it’s so easy what Cal has done, LOSERVILLE had a lot of tradition with Coach Crum and SLICK RICK still has 10+ losses in 7 of first 12 seasons there, guess that should tell LOSERVILLE idiots something but then again they think every NCAA sport started last year.

  13. scott
    9:23 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    I wander if Rupps favorite song was “Hey soul sister” too?