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UK’s African American and Africana Studies faculty ask school to change name of Rupp Arena

Could Kentucky basketball’s historic Rupp Arena receive a name change?

The Faculty of the African-American and Africana Studies (AAAS) program at the University of Kentucky has asked the school to do so.

In a letter submitted to UK president Eli Capilouto, the AAAS program has called for Rupp Arena’s name to be changed as part of the school’s push for improved race relations on campus, with the faculty noting that Adolph Rupp’s name “has come to stand for racism.”

“The University should rename Rupp Arena,” the letter reads. “The Adolph Rupp name has come to stand for racism and exclusion in UK athletics and alienates Black students, fans, and attendees. The rebuilding of the arena and the convention center offer an opportunity to change the name to a far more inclusive one, such as Wildcat Arena. In addition, the University should survey all campus buildings and remove all names of enslavers, Confederate sympathizers (such as William C.P. Breckinridge), and other white supremacists.”

The Rupp Arena name change is one of the many changes the faculty is pushing for on campus, including the following:

  • Ensure that UK and its contractors maintain the current percentages of Black staff at every level as we weather the current financial environment and commit to increasing diversity among the staff at all levels.
  • Require a course on race and inequality for all undergraduates
  • The University must increase Black representation among faculty to 15%, which reflects the Black population of Lexington
  • Appoint more Black faculty and staff to leadership positions
  • Increase support for Black students
  • Establish a system or systems of accountability for individuals who commit racist and other acts of discrimination on campus
  • Fund the new Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies
  • Join the Universities Studying Slavery collective and initiate a major study of the histories of slavery and racism within the institution
  • Institute a policy that minimizes its cooperation with federal state and local law enforcement agencies including Immigration Customs and Enforcement (I.C.E) and the Lexington Police Department

Back in January, UK announced a partnership with Central Bank, with the latter purchasing the naming rights to the Lexington Center adjacent to Rupp Arena. As a result, the entire Rupp Arena complex’s name was changed to Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center.”

At the time, UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart met with the media to stress how important it was to keep the Rupp Arena name as-is.

“The name is tied to Coach Rupp and the Rupp family is so important for us, to protect that name and to make sure it is always remembered as the iconic place, family, name, leader of college basketball. Thank you for that. We intend to preserve that forever.”

“It has to be Rupp Arena,” Barnhart continued. “When you’re recruiting, when you’re having teams come in here to play and people come in here, this is Rupp Arena. It’s set apart from all other places. … This one’s been this way for almost 50 years, and it can’t change.”

“Rupp Arena; to different people, it means different things, but to the Rupp family, it takes on a special significance,” Chip Rupp, Adolph’s son, added at the time. “For many, it’s just a place where the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team plays, but for us, we view Rupp Arena as a symbol that acknowledges the time that my grandfather spent coaching with the University of Kentucky, the program that he built, the standard of excellence that surrounds the University of Kentucky basketball program. That’s what Rupp Arena means to us.

“Over the past four decades, the name has come to mean even more. Rupp Arena symbolizes the unmatched tradition of this great program and protecting that name has been very important to the family over the years. We know that these types of partnerships occur all the time with not the same regard and respect that we were treated with in this process. We’re grateful to everyone involved in the process for understanding this and embracing it from the very beginning.”

The complete letter submitted to Capilouto can be found here. 

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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257 Comments for UK’s African American and Africana Studies faculty ask school to change name of Rupp Arena

  1. bigcat68
    1:26 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Just another load of bulls**t

    • PensacolaCat
      8:55 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      The only thing racist, is their demands.

    • PensacolaCat
      8:56 am July 24, 2020 Permalink


  2. bbn606
    1:32 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    I’ve been waiting on that one. The only thing Rupp is guilty of is winning and because of that he had the racist tag applied to him.

    • UKFanSC
      2:35 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Yep. It was just a matter of time before they set their sights on Rupp. They will not be satisfied until they rewrite all history to suit their narrative.

    • runningunnin.454
      6:28 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      SC, you’re right about rewriting history. I was around back then, and being prejudiced was not allowing the northern and eastern integrated teams to compete, refusing to give them a chance. The few times UK didn’t win the SEC, the teams that won refused to compete in the tournament because some teams had players of color; UK was usually second, and Rupp always took his teams, and gave those players the chance to compete.
      When UK played Texas Western, their coach benched two white players that had started all year, so he could set up the confrontation. So, who played that card?
      When Jon Voight played Rupp in Glory Road, he had some scenes cut because they cast Rupp in a bad light, and he said his research didn’t bear that out.

    • Miller45
      3:04 pm July 25, 2020 Permalink

      There’s not much to say that can add to everything that has already been said here but I just wanted to say that I have heard mitch on countless occasions refer to Kentucky as the greatest tradition in COLLEGE BASKETBALL, and to most people here, that is what we are trying to preserve. Not some tradition of a ruling racist patriarchy that has been constructed 50 years after the fact

  3. 4everUKBlue
    1:35 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    HELL NO! Enough is enough.

  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    1:37 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Please Mitch, Eli, and whoever else. Have a backbone and give them a nice, but unequivocal, BIG.FAT.NO!!!

  5. gasman01
    1:39 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Enough is enough….

  6. Newtype
    1:42 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    The demands for funds, mandatory courses, and cutting off the police are actually more ridiculous.

    • beauleonard
      2:24 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Nope! Do it and I’ll will stop supporting the basketball program and the university. Enough is enough of this bullshit!

    • Megan
      2:39 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, no one cares whether you stop supporting the basketball program and the university. You have a laughably out-sized perception of your worth.

    • UKFanSC
      2:58 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Who in the hell are you to determine what other people think of his comment ? Seems like you have the laughably outsized opinion of yourself

    • sprtphan
      6:17 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink


    • chris43
      9:07 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      This place is swarming with libs and idiots! Please explain how Rupp was racist?

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:32 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Megan, there are 2 problems with your premise.
      1) You don’t know that the comment is not from a rich donor
      2) Even if that is not the case, the AD nor the prez of UK want to see ticket sales, TV ratings, nor gear sales go down. One reason I say this: when Bama hired Saban at a huge salary, some people questioned the figure. However, after all the natty trophies started rolling in, Bama gear sales went through the roof and many believe that more than paid for his salary. There may be more fans than we know who feel the same way as the commenter above.

    • rdcore2
      2:32 pm July 25, 2020 Permalink

      Megan, and I mean this in the nicest possible way. Go play on Nicholasville rd,

  7. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    1:46 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Interestingly, most of those demands are designed to not only force the concept of white guilt down the gullet of white students, but also to selfishly give those faculty members more job security and help them build an empire (especially bullet point 2). I work at a small college and I have seen faculty propose courses and programs designed to give them more job security, even if it’s something that isn’t proven to attract more students.

  8. BigTimeOwen
    1:52 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    These comments are supremely idiotic and tarnish the Kentucky I grew up in. It’s unfortunate Glory Road is the image everyone has of Rupp — who was certainly not the staunchest supporter of equal rights nor the vile outspoken racist portrayed in that film. In the context of being one of the winningest coaches of all time, it’s hard to fathom taking the name down but with everything else, history isn’t erased by taking down a statue or changing a name. Plus, Joe B. Hall Hall has a nice ring to it.

  9. Newtype
    1:54 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    A name change is minuscule compared to some other demands on that list. Yeesh

    • rockatao
      9:53 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      And the demands will never stop. Next on the list: vacate Rupp’s four national titles.

  10. ukcamel
    1:56 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    A lot to unpack here.

    1. Racial quotas have been ruled unconstitutional and are institutional discrimination. Any person suggesting them should properly be viewed as an ignorant racist.

    2. There is no evidence that Rupp was particularly racist or had a significant negative effect on civil rights. His views likely don’t measure up to modern ideals regarding race, but demanding that of every cultural namesake is Marxist crap.

    3. Putting legality aside, it wouldn’t make sense to measure black faculty based on the population in Lexington. UK does not hire from Lexington. It is the flagship school of the state and hires from all around the state and even the country and world.

    4. UK not cooperating with police means that there would be no way to aid a campus rape victim in filing a police report. This only matters to people who think rape is wrong and that rapists should be punished.

    5. I’m not sure what racist and other acts of discrimination refers to, but this request is either redundant or rooted in an attempt to squash free thought and academic freedom. It cannot be taken seriously.

    6. The class on race and inequality is probably meant to be unacademic SJW indoctrination. If they want to make the course subject to the typical academic process whereby all competing views are considered and tolerated, this sounds great.

    I could go on, but I get the feeling this is already TL and most will DR it.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:13 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      I tead it! Good job.

    • kjgouk
      1:29 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      I am ok with it as long as it is a free course. I am not paying for my kid to be forced to take this class.

    • makeitstop
      7:57 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Actually Camel, it’s not too long it’s right on.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:42 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      READ it. lol

  11. DavidP19
    1:57 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

  12. DavidP19
    1:57 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    • Megan
      2:42 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      I agreed with you the first time.

    • lexattorney
      5:10 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Well played, Megan. Your best post ever LOL

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:33 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Now that is funny. Seriously.

  13. wildcatmama
    1:57 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    I was born a Wildcat fan 65 years ago. If they cave to this one I will NEVER pull for the Cats again. To say this is beyond ridiculous is an under statement!!!!!! Adolph Rupp was and is Kentucky basketball! He built the program!

  14. VilleCat11
    1:58 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    So… The school is to appoint more minorities to leadership roles.. Totally agree if it has been earned.. but the theory to just give it is insane!!
    Also, to institute programs for people who act in a racist manor… does that go both ways or just when it is a white person who acts in a harsh way?
    I hear the word equality used often but it is not what truly seeks to be the objective.. they want a “special” course that all undergraduates MUST take.. wouldn’t that fall under a history class… when u make it special, it only shows the division..
    One nation under God… until we get back to that, we will live in a harsh world…

  15. wyatts1
    1:59 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Awaiting moderation must mean, the comment doesnt fit their narrative here at ksr radio.

  16. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    2:04 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    At the risk of having a comment deleted like someone else has, look up BLM’s site and the background of their founders (I’m referring to the organization, not everyone who uses the phrase “BLM”). They are a Marxist organization and they intend to tear down the traditional nuclear family. They are also at least in part responsible for the violence riots and looting, including Portland right now (along with Antifa).

    • Megan
      2:43 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Oh boy … He’s out of the closet.

    • lexattorney
      4:58 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      How do, Megan?

    • lexattorney
      5:11 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink


    • 4everUKBlue
      3:14 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      CG is 100% correct and Megan, you are grossly unaware of what’s really going on with BLM.

    • peaches76
      10:11 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Megan lives in a blissfully ignorant cocoon

    • UKFaninCO
      12:16 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Chris speaks truth!

    • makeitstop
      8:00 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      That is correct… now for pointing out a fact, there are a couple of posters who will start labeling u bc that’s easier than actually debating.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      8:38 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed, I said this when Stoops wore a BLM shirt and was given a ton of crap. This is a dangerous movement for ALL Americans.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      8:41 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      To clarify, I mean the movement that is associated with the organization. There are many supporting blm that think it is for equal rights. I support equal rights. I don’t support Marxism, or the destruction of “western” values.

    • mcp157
      12:53 pm July 25, 2020 Permalink

      Yes indeed CG!. I have been watching baseball these first couple of days and seen enough to not watch anymore, with their lemming like genu flexing to appease BLM! Stoops and Calipari have already been sucking the teet of BLM. Why? Because they want to keep getting all the great black recruits. Not because it is the right thing to do. It is all BS and I will not watch any sports as long as this BS abounds. Sports are great and people should play them, not watch them.

  17. Belenos
    2:08 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Which coach was it that brought in Tom Payne again? I would say that he was the least racist out of the first 16 coaches at UK and opened the door to the plethora of black athletes that have benefited from playing at UK since, but what do I know?

    • katmandue2you
      2:14 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      And how did Tom Payne repay the university and society as a whole for the opportunities he was afforded???

    • lexattorney
      4:59 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      The same way Michael Porter did.

    • peaches76
      10:13 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Dumb answer. He was given the opportunity you keep demanding. Apparently it doesn’t matter what is done with the opportunity once given. If squandered it has to be someone else’s fault.

    • 4everUKBlue
      2:30 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Guarantee you those making the demands don’t know the first thing about Tom Payne.

    • Belenos
      2:55 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      katmandue2you – I get your point and agree with you 100%, I’m simply pointing out that it was Rupp who ended a pattern of historically-white players and brought in the first black player.

      4everUKBlue – I’m sure you’re right about that

    • makeitstop
      8:03 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      I’d be willing to bet the people who wrote the letter never heard of either Tom Paine. They don’t seem too familiar with Common Sense.

  18. Suffering Fools
    2:14 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    How many of the legions of UK student athletes to come through Rupp Arena ever complained that they felt they were playing in a symbol of racism? The Rupp name stands for basketball excellence and to claim that it stands for anything else at UK is frivolous and untrue.

    • T-Town Cat
      2:24 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      You know, we have had difficulty getting young black men to come play at Rupp Arena since it opened in 1976. SMH.

    • VirginiaCat
      2:35 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Good point. People do not come to Rupp for a sociology seminar.
      If we remove Rupp’s name based on perceived racism, we should disregard the contributions of John Kennedy, Martin Luther King and others because of their wanton womanizing. Rename Washington, D.C. because Washington owned slaves. Disavow Thomas Jefferson and many others for the same reason. Where is the line drawn? Do we continue the purge until there are no more memorials?

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:15 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      The agenda is to erase history.

  19. lexslamman
    2:20 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Time to defund or disband this department.

  20. VirginiaCat
    2:21 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Rupp was a product of his times, which likely included attitudes that were less than politically correct by today’s standards. It makes little sense to juxtaposition the past with the present; i.e. comparing apples and oranges. It means that we will constantly be “cleansing” history in order to comport to emerging folkways and mores. With respect to Rupp, do his achievements outweigh perceived shortcomings? If so, do not remove his name.

    • lexattorney
      3:38 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Adolph Rupp did nothing more than integrate the SEC when he recruited Tom Payne. For those who try to claim otherwise, they need to learn some history. The CONFERENCE accepted no black players before Payne and Rupp was instrumental in breaking through that barrier. Without him, UK basketball would be nowhere near where it is today and to remove his name or anything else would be ignorant and baseless. Why not just remove all of his wins from the record books while having every other SEC athletic program do the same with their pre-integration coaches?

    • Bluebird
      5:21 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Perry Wallace at Vandy was a few years before that, wasn’t he?

    • runningunnin.454
      7:05 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      You’re correct Bluebird; but, the rest of lex’s comment is valid. I think I recall that on one of Vandy’s road trips, a knife was thrown at Wallace when he was at the free throw line.

    • Rixter
      9:37 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly. Applying 2020 standards to a 1960’s world works out about as well as applying 2080 standards to the way we live today. It won’t wont be a good look for us.

  21. BowdenQB4ever
    2:23 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Disband the department

    • Rixter
      9:39 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      LOL, wouldn’t that be lovely!

    • makeitstop
      8:28 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      I’d be willing to bet the university would survive without the AAAS department but won’t make it too far without an endowment, boosters, alumni and fans, with the revenue they bring.

  22. 4everUKBlue
    2:25 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Or what? If they don’t get what they want they’ll burn Rupp to the ground?

  23. T-Town Cat
    2:27 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Being an old guy, I know Rupp tried to recruit black players such as Wes Unseld and Butch Beard, who ended up at Louisville, but playing in the segregated south at places like Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia made it difficult to sign them.

    • wadmalawcat
      4:36 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly! Rupp mentioned, in several interviews on the subject, that he couldn’t sit in the living room of black players that he was recruiting and promise their parents that he could guarantee their children’s safety while on road trips in the deep south. They weren’t even allowed to stay with the team in hotels or have dinner in certain restaurants. Let’s not forget the several black players he coached as a high school coach in Illinois. Most famously, William Mosely, first African-American to play at Freeport and only the second to graduate from that school.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:49 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      GREAT link. Thank you for posting.

    • 4everUKBlue
      4:03 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Yes it is a great link, I emailed it to [email protected] Let them hear from you

  24. ClutchCargo
    2:29 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    This type of ignorant bs will continue until sensible people refuse to play along anymore.

  25. UKFanSC
    2:31 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    This cannot and will not happen. Calipari better keep his mouth shut on this one.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:17 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      There is no bigger Cal fan than me, but if Cal doesn’t stand against this I am done with him and anyone else associated with UK MBB who doesn’t stand up to this nonsense.

  26. AirForceOne
    2:33 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s see, there are 10 bullet point requests on their list, so here is an answer to each individually.

    Have a nice day!

    • tdub
      10:47 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Air Force, I agree with you in all 10.

  27. ukyelecteng
    2:36 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Insulting to the legacy of the institution. Rupp stands for hard work and excellence. It only becomes a problem when people like this come out with ridiculous statements like this. Not once has anyone ever considered rupp arena offensive. It’s a welcoming place for ANYONE in the community to watch our team. What a disgrace.

    • BobbyBlue
      2:49 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Do any of the demands extend to the abundance of black racism, or just yo white people.

  28. AirForceOne
    2:38 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    We are a country founded on one important guiding principle….Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
    Nothing is handed to you. Fair or not…that is life. However, you are given the opportunities to become anything your heart desires. If it is to be….then it is up to me.

  29. UKFanSC
    2:43 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    The email address of those demanding this is [email protected]
    I will send them a love note…….you should too. Don’t sink to name calling and other offensive rhetoric, just state your case with confidence you are on the right side of this issue.

  30. BCO
    2:56 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Ive supported the BLM protesters in their efforts for systemic change in our police system. I support equality among all people, races, genders, religions, etc. I think most people want all people to be treated fairly and equally.

    But this is why the average person is kinda in the middle politically gets turned off from extreme views. You had me on your side until you pull crap like this (not saying I still dont agree with some of their other points). But, there is no concrete evidence that Rupp was racist, and even if there were minor incidents, guess what….basically all people back then were racist to a degree. Hell, the entire country was segregated for Gods sake.

    I hope Mitch doesnt do anything on a whim….this would be a HORRIBLE move and a total slap in the face to the person who built our storied program and his family

    • Realme
      4:21 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Completely agree.

    • middlesborocat
      9:11 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Funny how you support blm until it affects you personally but we all can see through this bs that’s been going on for weeks now. Go ahead UK give in to the cause. Make sure when you do the presser you’re wearing your mask and social distance please

  31. Megan
    3:11 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    It’s telling that the letter does not describe Rupp as a racist. The carefully chosen wording avoids that assertion. And for good reason, in my view, which is informed in part by, Billy Reed, Pat Riley and others whose opinions should be given considerable weight.

    Here’s the letter’s wording: “The Adolph Rupp name has come to stand for racism and exclusion in UK athletics ….” Has come to stand for. As Billy Reed put it, Rupp was a convenient symbol. So the wording is certainly true in many circles. The question we have to ask ourselves is whether we care more about perception or truth. Is reputation alone enough, even if it’s not quite deserved? Or should we regard this as overreach, a step in the right direction but a step too far?

    In recent years there has been an important re-evaluation of Rupp, and these reviews almost always land somewhere in the middle: that he wasn’t the racist many believe he was, that he was perhaps the most progressive coach in the South but handcuffed by the area’s social norms, and that while he maybe could have done more, he was in a difficult position recruiting black players who were not allowed to stay in the same hotel or eat in the same restaurants and who would attract racist hate in the South like a magnet. Honestly, who wanted to be that guy? Trust me, the 1960s make todays social unrest look tame. In short, the prevailing view is that Rupp’s legacy on race is rather mixed.

    Should that be enough?

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:51 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Although Dick Gabriel’s column that is linked elsewhere in the comments is more pro Rupp on this issue than you are, that was well written Megan. You and I don’t agree usually, but that was pretty balanced IMO.

    • Realme
      4:25 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Very well said Megan.
      Your other comment about Chris, not fair. He is not a closeted racist. He’s very conservative, but loves all people. I’ve “known” (in the online sense) him for years and that wouldn’t be accurate.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      5:53 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Than you Realme. I appreciate it! You’re a good apple too.

  32. WKY Cat
    3:17 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Hold on now! I’ve seen several liberal people on KSR supporting any and all liberal groups and causes. But when it comes to this I hear no support. Oh I get it, UK basketball before your high and mighty beliefs. Lol

    • middlesborocat
      2:18 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      This is spot on. Let’s see the spin on this one for Friday’s show.

    • PensacolaCat
      9:06 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      I was thinking the same thing lol.

    • middlesborocat
      9:17 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      All of the UK media are scared to death of this. At least Michael Bennett admits he doesn’t want to lose his job for his beliefs or saying something that is not politically correct. You spineless media professionals are pathetic. Get a backbone! Stand for what you really believe and quit taking the easy road to appease a few!

    • 44stewart
      12:12 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      I totally support it. The attachment to Rupp has kept many African Americans from being fans of the program. It should be Central Bank Wildcat Arena.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:50 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah losing those african americans because Rupp’s name was attached to the arena has really hurt the university. How did the Basketball program ever survive?

  33. Bluebird
    3:19 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    This is less cut-and-dry than re-naming buildings named after Confederates. I can see both sides. Rupp’s legacy is complicated. Some say he was a virulent racist, shouting racial epithets at half-time of ball games. Others dispute it. Some say he TRIED to recruit black players earlier, he just couldn’t get them to come. Others say he just went through the motions, and only did THAT because he was told he had to. Probably the truth is in the middle, and he was just about the same as most other white people of the time period. Which is to say: kind of racist.

    But Rupp Arena is arguably the most prominent building in the city of Lexington. The name’s all over the outside in Big Blue letters. And every home game, we ask mostly black players to walk under those letters, put on the UK uniform, and leave their hearts out on the court. So maybe there’s something to be said for setting the bar a little higher than “No worse than other racists of the time.”

    • runningunnin.454
      8:34 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      How can you know that most of the white people of that time period were kind of racist? Going back further, a bunch of white people, including my forebears, fought and died to end slavery.
      Another stereotype would be that Rupp hated Jews because he was of German descent.

  34. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    3:20 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    If these idiots change the name, my vote is for Tom Payne Arena.

  35. bigblue98
    3:24 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    This is absolutely disgraceful and the administration should apologize to the Rupp family. “Has come to stand for” as the explanation for the name change. If it were proven that he was a racist it would be a different discussion entirely, but no legitimate site has ever given that information. If they bow to this with no proof I will stop attending games, and I’ve been a season ticket holder for football for about 35 years.

  36. dhard
    3:25 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    As nicely and as short as possible; tell them to go pound sand.

  37. Headhurts
    3:35 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    All blacks that either played for Rupp or knew Coach Rupp need to speak out in his defense because according to the BLM silence is support for the other side.

  38. UK_fac_boi
    3:43 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s just re-name America dang it!

  39. JT55
    3:48 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Until people grow a set and tell the cancel culture no, they will continue to make idiotic demands.

  40. StuckinLville
    3:51 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    This better not happen. Rupp was not a racist and was the first to have a black player in the SEC. He knew the hatred his players would receive in the Deep South they weren’t even allowed to stay in the same hotel rooms. Anyone saying he is a racist is clearly a product of listening to bull crap instead of the truth. And even if he was racist look at the time period, a lot of people were.

    • Bluebird
      5:25 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      As far as I know, Perry Wallace at Vanderbilt was the first black basketball player in the SEC. Am I wrong?

    • Bluebird
      7:32 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Are you confusing me with someone else? None of that has anything to do with my comment. Perry Wallace at Vandy was the first black basketball player in the SEC.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:47 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      The fact that Perry Wallace was the first black BB player in the SEC has nothing to do with why I posted the link, I had hoped you might read it….silly me.

    • Bluebird
      5:05 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      But…literally all I said there was that Perry Wallace at Vandy was the first black player in the SEC, so if you’re not responding to that, then why are you responding to me? Are you feeling okay?

  41. CahillsCrossingNT
    4:17 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    I’ve thought this name change was inevitable weeks ago. No chance it doesn’t happen.

  42. 44stewart
    4:19 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Same people who are against this also think the name redskins shouldn’t be changed.

    • 8XChamps
      4:31 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      If a name offends you then I don’t think the name is the problem.

    • 44stewart
      1:20 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      So u should get to say the n word right?

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      3:39 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      44Stewart If you honestly think saying the N word whenever you want is equal to naming a university’s basketball arena after their greatest basketball coach then you might want to keep your comments to yourself because they make you sound like an idiot.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:45 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      I think it goes beyond making him LOOK like one….

  43. Jambluehue99
    4:22 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    The name Rupp has alienated black athletes to the point of earning billions of dollars for playing a game in this so-called systemically racist society. Give me a break! How about we cancel asinine ideas for a change? If we are to rid society of racism we need to start with this ridiculous list of demands.

  44. bigblue98
    4:24 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    This is entirely different as redskin is an offensive term for native americans. As I stated with 859 above, please provide legitimate proof that Rupp was a racist.

  45. Skooms
    4:26 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    I can get behind and actually agree with some the confederate soldier’s monuments being removed. I can get behind the former Washington Redskins name change. But here’s the thing, let’s say you replace a monument with somebody like Malcolm X. It’s been noted by many historians that he was extremely racist towards anyone not of African American decent. So maybe he was too extreme and instead you pick another figure. Who’s to say that he or she never had ANY racist beliefs or feelings?? For that matter, there are many minorities that have faced persecution. Who decides which groups should have more support than others?

  46. 8XChamps
    4:29 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Are we going to totally erase our history? If we do not learn from history, we are bound to repeat it. If history is erased, how will we learn? This will have no positive impact.

    • Bluebird
      5:32 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      How will anyone remember Hitler if we don’t name an arena after him?!

      (Note: I’m not comparing Rupp to Hitler. I’m saying the argument is dumb.)

    • UKFanSC
      5:42 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      I didn’t take his comment as specific to Rupp Arena, but towards “cancel culture” in general. In that light he makes a valid point.

  47. Realme
    4:30 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    If our current and past players were asking for this, I’d listen. If UK history buffs, someone like Oscar Combs for example, gave examples of racism from Rupp I’d listen. Removing his name because it “has come to stand for” racism would be silly. You know who loves to say Rupp = Racism? Every uniformed opposing fan or media that hates UK. Using that against the program would be thoroughly unfair.

  48. lexslamman
    4:37 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Let your feelings be known. Here’s the directory of the letter’s signers:

  49. jack8291
    4:41 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Make the name ‘Payne Court at Rupp Arena’ and donate 5% of arena revenue to BLM . ALL revenue , not just UK games…

    • 4everUKBlue
      5:36 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      BLM doesn’t need Rupp revenue, they have George Soros and his elite rich white cronies to give them all the money BLM needs. If only blacks could figure out they are being manipulated and used by rich white people…

    • chessplayer1974
      7:34 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      You’re a freaking idiot

    • friendsofcoal
      9:52 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Chess player, He’s (4everukblue) telling the truth.

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:56 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      I love when people who don’t like or disagree my comments immediately resort to name calling instead of proving my comment wrong, all that show is you have no clue what the truth is.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      11:01 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Donating to BLM would be a worse move than changing the name.

  50. classof68
    4:46 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Yeah, like that’s really ever going to happen. I want Adriana Lima in her prime too, but that ain’t happening. If UK caved, guess what would be next. Giving up the 4 NCAA championships and trophies prior to 1978. Not only that, they would have to shut down the philanthropic department because virtually everyone would stop giving. Give ’em and inch and they take a mile.

  51. friendsofcoal
    4:55 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    If they drop the name then I’m done with UK athletics. This BS has gone far enough. Absolutely no proof that Rupp was racist so how can the administration go for such a thing?

    Also, the university doesn’t own Rupp Arena so I don’t think they can change the name.

  52. bbn606
    5:00 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    In the movie Glory Road, Cole Fieldhouse was filled with Confederate flags. I later watched a replay of the game on ESPN and not one Confederate flag was in the building but that doesn’t make a good story does it.

    • 4everUKBlue
      5:06 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      It also doesn’t make a good story that the UK players were recovering from the flu.

  53. Bill Jackson
    5:02 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    I have had UK Basketball season tickets since Rupp Arena opened. But, it the name is changed for ANY reason, especially this bogus reason, that will end. Several years ago , some of the Lexington media put together an excellent documentary about this. If you actually watch then there is little doubt Rupp was NOT a racist. He was a successful college coach, and only wanted to win games, and championships. He could care less about a players race. It was documented he attended a game in Paris to watch a black player, Afterward to told him he wanted him to join the UK Team, but that the SEC Conference would not allow it. That was before he tried to recruit Wes Unseld and Butch Beard . This player was interviewed for the program, and verified this account. Bottom line, he was NOT a racist, and any arena name change would be a travesty

  54. VirginiaCat
    5:24 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    The hyper focus on racism is the modern Trojan Horse of our times. Racism is a convenient tool of the far left to change the ideological direction of the country. It is being used as a wedge to divide the country and cause a rift that can be exploited. Think about it.

    • Bluebird
      5:33 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      I have thought about it. You are wrong.

    • friendsofcoal
      5:51 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Bluebird, if you can’t see this then you are blind. The far left democrats are the ones who keep adding fuel to the fire and they way they use people of color makes me sick! Wake up people!!!!

    • 4everUKBlue
      5:36 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Stay asleep in your bubble bluebird.

    • Bluebird
      7:39 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      No more pointing out racism until it stops making people mad. Gotcha.

      (Also, there are no far-left Democrats in power in America. If you think the democrats we have are far-left, you need to get out more.)

    • friendsofcoal
      9:57 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Bluebird, the far left are using these people to try to get the power man…if you’ll stop and think about things for a bit then I think you might realize which political party is really fueling racism and division in our country. You are being used man, don’t fall for it!

    • PensacolaCat
      9:17 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Bluebird is blind. No use trying to reason with him.

    • Bluebird
      3:27 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      I went and thought about it again. Turns out I still think that the party fueling racism is the party that’s full of white supremacists.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:44 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      You get that from google?

    • Bluebird
      5:08 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Did I use google? What are you even talking about? Please go take your medication.

    • east-ky-boy
      6:16 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Dead on correct!

    • east-ky-boy
      6:17 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      An African American friend of mine recently told me, “dude the problem in our country isn’t racism. It’s black on black crime”

  55. bibs
    5:40 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    The problem with the race dividing agenda on the right and left sides of the political spectrum is that all of our kids and grandkids will live in a far worse nation. It’s selfish of us to go down this road fr what we consider our short term gain.

    • 4everUKBlue
      5:58 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Race is not the only way this country is being divided, there are so many ways it would take a minute to name them all and while we’re distracted by the racial division there is likely others in the works.

  56. Jesus H. Chrysler
    5:40 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Bet they won’t allow the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” next.

    • Jambluehue99
      5:43 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      It’s coming.

    • UKFanSC
      5:45 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink


  57. K1C4
    5:45 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    I am a white fan who is a proud Cat fan. I know, as well as most everybody else, that Adolph Rupp was racist. We can try to excuse it because of the era he lived in, but it doesn’t make it right.

    What we cant excuse are all of the current racist UK fans. And, there are a lot of them. Just when I think I’ve heard the worst from some of the fans, I hear more stuff in the crowd at the football and basketball games that is worse. Dont waste your time trying to deny it.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if black players boycotted st sone point.

    • bibs
      5:59 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      It’s fine if we are boycotted. Some things are bigger than basketball. There are certainly racist folks of all colors running around, but we can’t go down the road of becoming tribal because of a few bad actors. Look at Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, etc. These countries cannot function and live free and prosperous because the tribe is more important than the well being of all citizens. This is what’s happening to our country when we decide we need to tear down every statue, rename every building, and boycott. Rupp was probably like most white men of his time. He probably used racist language on occasion, but he did have a big part in integrating the SEC. If they take his name off Rupp Arena, then some will want MLK’s name taken off schools and other buildings because he wasn’t perfect either. The cycle continues until we all hate each other and our society crumbles. If you study history, and just open your eyes to the rest of the world, it’s as plain as day. Most all great societies crumble from within; if we don’t come to our senses we will too. Racial equity may not be as fast as some (including me), would like, but destroying our country by creating division hurts us all. It will especially hurt our kids, regardless of color.

    • 4everUKBlue
      6:01 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Educate yourself K1C4, read the links provided for you in this thread so you don’t have to do the work, all you have to do is read. That is unless you knew Rupp and what was in his heart. Were you there?

    • lexattorney
      7:22 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t make him destroy his fantasy with facts!

    • KaliforniaKat
      8:57 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      If Rupp was a racist I’d have no problem with it… BUT HE WASNT so this is garbage…

    • mcp157
      1:05 pm July 25, 2020 Permalink

      Did you personally know Rupp? Where you around people who he hung out with? You’re just buying into what you have been indoctrinated with, kind of like Abraham Lincoln thought blacks were equal to whites. I did not know Rupp but my understanding was he was no more racist than any of the regular white folks of that era. He was not a missionary, social changer and some would say kind of cranky with most folks, of all color. I bet if he could have recruited black players to UK he would have because he would have won more. From all I have read, seen on the tube and heard on the radio he would have sold his mother to win.

  58. catfanatic100
    5:46 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    So all of the offensive names and pieces of concrete are removed. What next? It will never end.

  59. BigBlueWildcats
    5:49 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Is it even up to the University to name the arena? Is it not a public arena? Serious question.

    • karlitopequeno
      6:29 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      I believe the great Admiral Akbar said it best, and I quote, “it’s a trap!”

      If the name does get changed, I do love the pun for “Joe B. Hall” as someone on here suggested before his/her brain exploded from reading through all the comments. When can we all just get back to agreeing to throw some L’s down?

    • lexattorney
      7:25 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Central Bank owns the naming rights.

  60. CrystalBall
    6:13 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    If you have a need for white paint better purchase it now. Next month will be too late.

  61. chessplayer1974
    7:07 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    You know the “statue” of Joe B Hall sitting on a bench is next right? Hate can never be satisfied.

  62. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    7:26 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    They’ll only accept Tubby/Smith arena as a name because they’re racist for even asking for all of this.

  63. neat1ky
    7:27 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Someone needs to educate themselves about Rupp’s past when was in Kansas as a high school coach. If u r a racist then u don’t coach black players as he did and he coached 1st black player at the school he was coach and finished 3 rd in the state. Tried of uneducated people

  64. neat1ky
    7:31 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    And my comment is for K1C4 saying Rupp for a fact racist, educate yourself before u say stupid comments

  65. chessplayer1974
    7:42 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Ya know I’ve done just fine without UK sports for the last 5 months. If they remove Rupps name I’m done with UK. Hell all the players are gone from previous years….why make a effort to follow new ones? They dont appreciate us…..they hate us. We’re scum. Only way it stops is to not support them.

  66. channell
    7:45 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    The ignorance here is overwhelming. Anyone that does not know the real story about Rupp needs to be educated quick. This BS about Rupp being a known racist is just not true. He recruited black players at KY. Back years ago he got a black kid a scholarship at another school because he knew how racist the SEC was and he couldn’t protect him from the crazies. When Paine came to Ky as the only black player he faced racial slurs when they traveled to the southern schools. There were times that his life was in danger. Rupp stated that he didn’t care what color you were if you could play basketball. So I challenge these that are ignorant concerning Rupp and black players to show me the proof of racism. There is a book about Rupp and Ky. Read it. Paine said he was honored to sit on the bench next to Adoff Rupp. Be informed before running the mouth with the brain out of gear.

  67. BlueCat22
    8:53 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Not happening… move on

  68. panicpat
    9:00 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    This is exactly why I(as a registered democrat) will never vote democrat again. From dog catcher to president, the radicals have taken over my party. And I’m embarrassed.

    • friendsofcoal
      10:10 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      You ARE exactly right! I’m a republican but I’m well aware that back in the day the Democratic Party used to stand for the “workin man”. What do they stand for now? Please people, wake up!!

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:38 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      I was raised a Democrat and friendsofcoal is right about everything he said. I haven’t voted except in state and local elections in several years. I got sucked in and voted for Obama the first time and that was the last presidential election I ever participated in and ever will. Obama turned his back on his own race regardless of what you would like to believe and that’s just the beginning. As I look back over history there hasn’t been a president with any integrity (either party) since JFK and yes I know he was an adulterer. Call me any name you like but I can tell you how each president betrayed the people of this republic and most should have been tried for treason. “History is a set of lies agreed upon” – Napoleon…..but the truth can still be found. Why do people have such a hard time accepting that and looking at alternative sources?

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:40 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      And by the way, I did not vote in the last gubernatorial election either.

    • PensacolaCat
      9:21 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      If you care about change, you should vote in November. Put your money where your mouth is.

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:32 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      I do care about change and if I believed anything was going to change I would vote, but I’ve seen both parties pass on the opportunity to change the most important issues of our time. I will vote as soon as I’m convinced politicians have our best interest at heart (of the people,by the people, for the people), not holding my breath.

  69. Rixter
    9:02 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    “Sure. But to be fair, we are also going to limit all sports teams to no more than 15% African American athletes”
    Think they would be ok with that?

    • chessplayer1974
      9:26 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly. Last year Major League Baseball brought up not enough African Americans were playing pro baseball and wanted to do something to change it. Think the NBA might do that for whites? LOL….right. And our own Gov Beshear said too many african americans were getting the covid 19 virus. Even wants to get them free medical care. I guess Andy would sleep better at night if only whites got the virus.

  70. serdi
    9:34 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    How many of you commenting were around when Adolph Fredrick Rupp was the basketball coach at UK? How many of you remember which schools in the SEC voted to supported UK in integrating the SEC for football? Tulane, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and Florida. How many schools supported Vanderbilit in integrating SEC basketball? Kentucky, Tulane, Georgia Tech, Georgia, and Tennessee. If you want to throw it at the Deep South go ahead, but, Lexington was segregated. Lexington was not very different from places further south. BUT, Adolph Rupp and Paul W, Bryant wanted to integrate the SEC before it ever was. Coach Rupp tried to sign Wes Unseld, Butch Beard, etc. For UK faulty to call him a racist is Bullshit. They must not have been around during the times during the times he coached. NO school in the SEC or ACC were integrated.
    If the University bends and takes Coach Rupp’s name off the arena because of people who never knew him or the times he served as our coached, I am done with UK Athletics and UK. I am actually a UK grad. I am not a Walmart fan. The place has been so important to me since 1966. You take Coach’s name off the arena because of people that never knew him, I am done.

  71. big cat
    9:34 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    From an inward perspective, this is not surprising. From an outward perspective, no way in Haiti this will ever happen. This borders on recerse racism.

    • big cat
      9:35 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink


    • Soylentbeans
      10:32 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      No such thing as “reverse racism” it’s just called racism. But yes I agree this is absolutely ridiculous. Trying to judge a man in the court of public opinion 40 years after his death with nothing but anecdotal evidence is asinine.

  72. chessplayer1974
    9:35 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Dont have to raise hell. Just dont go to any games.

  73. jaws2
    10:00 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    You knew this was coming. UK does not own this arena but certainly has influence. These ‘demands’ are just ridiculous. Having said that, if the city caves on this one I’m done. Sure, go ahead and say they won’t miss me. BS! You don’t know me and have no idea who I am. I’m a graduate, was a successful business man by all accounts, and a very hefty contributor to MY university. All 3 of my children are graduates as well. I’ll drop all of my various sports season tickets and no longer be a donor to a once great institution. I can assure you I’ll not be the only one because I’ve already heard from others. This white guilt phenomenon is completely out of control. In today’s climate you’re a racist if you disagree with any of this. It’s one of the reasons it has become passe to throw it around.This has absolutely NOTHING to do with racism. This is a continuance of the attempt by a minority of people in this country that want to change or completely erase the history of this nation.

    If anyone would do just a little research you’ll find that up until about 1961 damn near every school in the south was only white. People find it convenient to forget that in the 1966 semi-finals we played that bastion of liberalism Duke, and they were also all white. For some reason it’s never mentioned. Society in America is on a collision course and the uninformed and uneducated led by the 24hr ‘news’ cycle is greatly assisting in its demise.

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:25 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Thank you jaws, well said.

    • Bluehender
      8:29 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      jaws2 with THE comment of the comment section…well played

  74. KABWKU1969
    11:06 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    I’ve read this site since the inception, I always enjoy the comments whether I agree with them or not. I’ve never registered until tonight.
    I just sent an email to the AAAS Department voicing my opinion to their demands.
    I have 2 daughters at UK. They don’t have to go there anymore.
    I encourage everyone to do some research and educate themselves. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion.
    If the changes, I’ll be happy to cheer for my Alma Mater, until they take Ed Diddles name off of that arena.

    First and last post.

  75. UKCatAttack
    11:23 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Completely ridiculous. This is why Donald Trump is going to win in November.

    • middlesborocat
      10:09 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Joe Biden can’t even say Rupp Arena

  76. miggles
    11:37 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    I hope the “If they take Rupp’s name off, I’m done with UK” crowd are the blue-hairs who sit on their hands for the whole game. Maybe we could get some real, non-embarrassing fans in the lower sections then.

  77. danielscott52
    12:30 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    I like how Matt picks both sides on this one

  78. kjgouk
    1:49 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    As a fan of SMURFS, I am recommending that the University of Kentucky change their color. How disrespectful to Smurfette!!!!

  79. dwhite
    2:34 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Mountain top in Montana with my wife sounds good to me. I’m over social studies. I’m sure we won’t be missed and I’m sure that we won’t miss the people in power trying to divide us by race, gender, sexual orientation, blue collar, white collar or what else they can think of. My bible doesn’t segregate us that way. Good luck and God Bless.

  80. 44stewart
    6:28 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Well bye

    • 44stewart
      6:34 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      That’s to all you snowflakes that are going to quit buying season tickets if this happens. That makes me happy because now I can get good season tickets.

    • danielscott52
      10:37 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Enjoy the seats in the “basketball arena ” ?

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:40 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      I’m sure you could find a handout somewhere either way 44.

  81. JoeMoney333
    6:29 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Another case of the academic bubble of these periphery majors.

  82. TheBigjMan55
    7:19 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    They are going to far.

  83. wildcatdon
    8:10 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    They ought to fire the ones that asked for the name change. They know nothing about Rupp. Such bullshit

  84. makeitstop
    8:45 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Who was Louisville named for? Did he own slaves and slave owning colonies and profit from the actual slave trade (not just have his name associated with it)? Gotta change that. That also knocks out the whole state of Louisiana, LSU and the directional schools around the state. What about Houston and Austin and Washington and Columbus? Maps are going to look a whole lot different once all these names are changed to reflect the Marxist’s sensitivities. Alexandria? Gone. Alexander didn’t just fail to recruit, he actually enslaved people. That’s a whole lot of cities around the world going to have to be called something else. Florida State’s mascot is clearly appropriating victimized indigenous people, I wonder how the FSU Unicorns will do this year? The Fighting Illini? Sure, stereotype those brave indigenous people as violent. Ohio State? Those were native Americans and their name was appropriated by white colonizers… I guess buckeyes can stay but the state has to be renamed. This is going to be exhausting. AAAS better get busy and hit the real books and start with ancient colonizers then actual slave traders then owners then work their way to people who were actually avowedly racist though not actually slave owners and finally get around to people who may not have been racist but have come to be associated with racism… like themselves.

  85. PensacolaCat
    9:33 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    If I were the leaders of the university, I would send an email with a big middle finger to the heads of that departments.

  86. Cats79
    9:39 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    First of bullshir and second of all UK doesn’t own the facility they lease it so that means they have no right to change it. I hope the city of Lexington stands up and say it’s not gonna happen.. Go Cats!!

  87. ukyelecteng
    9:43 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe UK should disband these departments that have a graduates’ starting salary less than working at McDonald’s. On the contrary it looks like they need to expand their history department. Rupp was no racist and his actions proved that. Academics claiming moral superiority over everyone else while turning a blind eye to historical facts. Getting tired of this.

  88. ohiokatfan
    9:51 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Good lord people. I am assuming the average age of posters here is about 80. And conservatives think liberals are the touchy feely snowflakes???? Waaaaahhh! If they change the name I’m not a fan anymore!! What a bunch of entitled crybabies some of you are.

    • PensacolaCat
      9:58 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      It’s not just about changing the name. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. That’s why you don’t negotiate with racist idiots.

    • makeitstop
      10:28 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Why would u assume the average age is 80? Because with age there comes wisdom? Otherwise that ageism has no place here. Ageist.

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:38 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      ohiokatfan must be 12.

  89. UKgrad80
    10:09 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    If they took the time to actually learn about the truth about Rupp instead of all the bull shit they would have no reason to change the name!

  90. middlesborocat
    10:22 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    The Matt Jones spin cycle. Of course he won’t take a position. Takes both sides of the issue. Sorry Matt but your Duke law degree doesn’t help your weak approach to this one dude

  91. KaliforniaKat
    10:40 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Wholeheartedly agree with most of you on this… I even agree with 4ever and that’s never happened? There are definitely some things that I can support for change regarding statues and such, but there needs to be a line drawn somewhere… Our country’s entire history is based on power, murder, and rape… anyone that takes pride in that needs to be educated…

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:49 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      @Kalfornia, that makes think I should go back and re-read my comments.

    • VirginiaCat
      11:15 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Our country’s entire history is based on power, murder, and rape? I am assuming that you have a PhD in Political Correctness.

  92. rickwhitetx
    10:44 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s just erase all history. It all offends someone. No more history classes will save a lot of money. Oh, and while we’re at it, erase all science classes. They assume a round earth that’s not the center of the universe. English classes too. Words are racist. As a matter of fact, all names.


    • 44stewart
      12:19 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Funny how white men become scared when they see the power they have had for 400 years start to slip away. Lol.

    • PensacolaCat
      12:23 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      44 – that may be the single stupidest comment ever made on this site…and that’s saying something.

    • danielscott52
      10:39 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      No one is scared. People are tired.of the crying over things that didn’t have anything to with any of us .

  93. UK Big Board Update
    10:50 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    I’m just here for the snowflake MAGGER comments. LMAO

  94. blueNtheFace
    12:09 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Ppl trying to change the past and issues that came with it will forever live in the land of denial. It happened and it wasn’t a finer moment of our country. Learn from it an move along. We’re all pink/red on the inside. Human race!!

  95. blueballs80
    12:10 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Don Haskins did what Rupp couldn’t. Can’t definitely say Rupp was racist but I couldn’t imagine him starting 5 black players due to the racial divide that time. A good portion of Kentucky white fans then wouldn’t have tolerated it. Racism was still in full effect.

  96. UKFanSC
    12:14 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    The truth is the entire African Studies dept is a body of irrelevant BS created to accommodate black athletes and their GPA’s…..the faculty that signed the letter would be serving chicken fingers to soccer moms if not for college sports. To have the temerity to demand anything is outrageous. They should be required to take their degrees from East Mississippi Valley State and get a real job.

    • Bluebird
      3:20 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Have you actually looked at their faculty and seen where they got their degrees? (The answer is no, you haven’t.) Don’t worry, though, I did it for you. I’m seeing a lot of Yale, Vassar, Princeton, Penn, Michigan, Virginia, Oberlin, Duke, Cornell…

      I don’t know, they might be pretty smart.

    • UKFanSC
      9:49 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Nice try. I did check, you’re full of prunes.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:38 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Good to know you can use google for something…

    • Bluebird
      5:15 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink


  97. bigblue2018
    2:04 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    blueballs80, that post shows you clearly know nothing about Coach Rupp. He tried recruiting some of the best talent around in the 60’s including several black players who most didn’t want to play in the SEC and be subject to all the racism they would’ve felt down south. Jim McDaniels has stated he had nothing but respect for Coach Rupp but he turned The Baron down due to going to places like the Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia schools.

    • blueballs80
      2:30 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      I think you misunderstood my post. I said there was no proof to discern he was a racist. His lack of recruiting black players might not have fit well with the crowd back then only leading to more racial tensions and putting those black athletes at risk.

  98. big cat
    2:11 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    I know this is not about Coach Cal whatsoever, but I would like to know his thoughts on the matter. Has UK given a statement on this yet? It doesn’t look good that they’ve waited. And ESPN sure jumped on the opportunity to smear this stupidity all over the ticker last night too. Maybe PUKE University hired those people to send the letter…..LOL.

  99. bbn606
    2:47 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    So do we also vacate Rupp’s 4 championships?

  100. Racerr11
    3:00 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    No way in hell that name should be changed. The man did alot for all people regardless of the color of there skin. History should stand all over. It’s bs on the part of the people asking for it to change. If the truth be told more in those people than most.

  101. Bluenblood
    3:43 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Sick of this kind sh!t

  102. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    3:45 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    People need to realize that those making demand s like this don’t really care about Rupp or whoever they are trying to cancel. They are self-absorbed and trying to say they have “made a difference” . They are looking for things to change so they can brag about how they are “woke” and got something’s changed because they are so awesome. Stop giving in to these demands as if these people are actually offended.

  103. StoneColdSaidSo
    4:27 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    This list of demands probably made Matt Jones & Co. weep with joy.

  104. rushman
    5:00 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Coach Rupp was not a racist and anyone who conducted basic research or knew him would know that. He was a wonderful coach who made Kentucky basketball the best basketball program in the country. Smearing a man who cannot defend himself is wrong.

  105. j4stone
    5:48 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    An African American friend of mine told me that the real racists are the ones that throw out the race card. He was right.

  106. east-ky-boy
    6:24 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    I love for the BLM to stir a stink against teams like Wisconsin and Stanford for playing too many whites. Joking not joking. Crazy people. The answer isn’t erasing history and burning things and throwing bricks in innocent peoples small businesses. That’s showing pure ignorance. The answer is pulling for and praying for our leaders no matter the political party. I wasn’t an Obama fan by any means (nothing to do with color but his stances on things). But he won. So he was my president. I accepted and backed him. Why can’t the left do the same?

    • east-ky-boy
      6:24 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink


    • UK Big Board Update
      6:32 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      Biden is going to win, my man. Enjoy. I look forward to your continued support.

    • east-ky-boy
      9:56 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      We are screwed if so lol. He couldn’t run McDonald’s but I’ll accept it. Pre COVID… I would argue with ya. Now I’m not sure

    • friendsofcoal
      12:44 am July 25, 2020 Permalink

      If Biden were to win then he wouldn’t last as prez but 1-2 years max. The liberals will get rid of him because he can no longer read the teleprompter.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      7:28 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      You might be right, but many thought Hillary couldn’t lose this time 4 years ago.

  107. bibs
    8:48 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t watch the fake news on either political side, but I hear a lot about the Black Lives Matter movement that has instigated a lot of this nonsense. I saw an interesting message today. It was simply “Lives Matter!” The author stated that If you have to put a color in front of those words, you are a racist. The only word that can go in front of those words without being racist is “All.” I wholeheartedly agree. The renaming of Rupp and all the other nonsense is making things worse.

  108. TrueBluePhil
    10:29 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    the American history says Rupp was not a racist

    • Tom Bombadil
      7:28 pm July 25, 2020 Permalink

      Right on TrueBlue! A little research goes a long way. I researched countless times in 4 decades about A.Rupp as a Cat Fan…and listened to many interviews including from Joe B, Larry Conley, Riley, Dampier to name a few and they knew the man!! There’s nothing there..NOT RACIST!…Rupp coached African American player in 1920 at high school. First coach in USA basketball history to coach African American.. seminars at HBCU’s great article. The AAAS in the UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY can’t research him. Big Time Matt Jones with his Duke degree can’t research either and won’t take an opinion what a weak shrivel. Quit disparaging Rupps name and his family. WHERE YOU AT CAL?
      Peace Cat Fans!

  109. Fitz
    7:15 am July 25, 2020 Permalink

    252 comments and counting! This has to be an all-time high for comments on a KSR article. My finger was rubbed raw scrolling down to type mine.