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Chasing Ghosts: Adolph Rupp built Kentucky, and his legacy persists

in Themen von M-N-O 09.08.2019 13:48
von Thompson | 4 Beiträge

Throughout the offseason, ESPN has taken a closer look at the college basketball programs that have faced the challenge of moving on from a single historically revered coach, evaluating the successes and failures they have experienced along the way.

This week, the "Chasing Ghosts" series concludes (for now) with the Kentucky Wildcats, who may have found their best candidate to challenge Adolph Rupp in the "multiple titles" category at UK.
Seasons coached: 1930-1972
Key accomplishments: 876-190 (.822), 20 NCAA tournaments, 6 Final Fours (1942, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1966), 4 NCAA championships (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958), 1 NIT championship (1945)

"That's easy. It's good coaching." -- Adolph Rupp, when asked for the key aspect of Kentucky's 1948 and 1949 national championships

"I decided to let somebody else feel the pressure. That's a high-pressure way of life at Kentucky." -- Joe B. Hall, upon his 1985 resignation

"Once you're hired, there is a honeymoon. But then there's a constant downhill slide, because you're not going to please everybody. The angle of the slide is dependent on how much you win." -- then-Kentucky coach Eddie Sutton, to Sports Illustrated in 1985

"This [coaching at Kentucky] is like a coat you wear. It's 100 degrees, you got the coat on." -- John Calipari, to filmmaker Christopher Hunt for forthcoming Eddie Sutton documentary

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