Adolph Rupp

Chautauqua Performer: Adolph Rupp

The University of Kentucky Alumni Association and the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library present Edward Smith as he portrays Adolph Rupp for Kentucky Chautauqua. During the 42 years he coached at the University of Kentucky, Adolph Rupp (1901-1977) raised basketball to near-religious status in the Commonwealth. Basketball took its place next to horses, coal and bourbon as one of the cultural icons that characterizes the state. Rupp’s teams won 880 games, four national championships and one Olympic gold medal.

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