With all of the conversations being had about Adolph Rupp and his character, the Rupp family established a website to further tell the legendary UK head basketball coach’s story and to disparage some of the accusations against him.
CoachRupp.com is the new website and on it, the Rupp family links old stories, debunks myths and shares testimonies from former players, coaches and sportswriters who knew him. Also included is a statement from the family in clear defense of Adolph Rupp, who they say “treated people fairly and without regard to their color, creed or religion.”
“Coach Adolph Rupp was not a racist nor a segregationist. He was a basketball coach dedicated to his players and fostering a winning tradition. Those who falsely accuse the coach did not know him, work with him or play for him. Those who did uniformly agree that Coach Rupp was a driven, competitive, strong personality who was intensely dedicated to building University of Kentucky basketball into the winningest college program of its time. He treated people fairly and without regard to their color, creed or religion.”
“Coach Rupp’s record is easily researched and stands in clear opposition to any claims of racism. In 1926, he named William Mosely to the varsity team at Freeport, Illinois, High School. Mosely was the school’s first Black varsity player. In 1948, he served as an assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic Basketball team which included the first Black player, Don Barksdale. Barksdale later called Coach Rupp his ‘closest friend’. In 1961, Coach Rupp publicly supported UK President Frank Dickey’s effort to desegregate Southeastern Conference (SEC) athletics. Unfortunately, that effort was rejected by the SEC and subsequently both Dickey and Coach Rupp received death threats credible enough to be turned over to the FBI.”
“The legacy of Coach Adolph Rupp remains having built one of the most successful collegiate basketball programs in the nation and helping propel his players on to further success in both sports and life.” [CoachRupp.com]
Check it out to learn more on the man who coached Kentucky basketball for 41 years.