Have you ever wanted to know how Adolph Rupp became a legendary basketball coach? You can hear the secret to his success from the Baron of the Bluegrass himself.
“We have no magic formula, but we do have some sound fundamental drills and some very excellent plays.”
Those words come from an instructional video Rupp created around 1952. The old footage was recently uncovered by the producer of Oscar Combs’ podcast, Beau Robinson. The two-minute excerpt reveals some of Rupp’s most basic teachings at the University of Kentucky. A couple of players go through a passing drill before “Play No. 6A” — a simple three-man weave — is detailed.
— Beau Big Blue (@BeauBigBlue) July 26, 2019
The instructional video is absolutely incredible on multiple levels.
Obviously, Rupp brought a little more depth to the game than what is shown, however, it’s hilarious to hear him try to convince the audience, “We believe in this brief showing of basketball situations that it will enable to you solve almost all problems that you will face during your season of play.” On a much simpler level, it’s odd to see and hear Rupp speak, especially at such a young age. He also never struck me as the smiling type, which made his grin at the end of each shot amusing.
Joe B. Hall has tried to convince John Calipari to run the 1-3-1 zone for years. The least Calipari can do is install Rupp’s Play No. 6A into the offense this fall.