Adolph Rupp’s name and its attachment to Rupp Arena have been popular topics of conversation in the last few months.
In response, the Rupp family launched a website in hopes of explaining more about the legendary UK coach.
CoachRupp.com is a website that includes links to stories, as well as testimonies from former coaches, players, and media types that knew Rupp.
The Rupp family also posted a statement to the site.
“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.”
You can visit the website by clicking the blue link below.