Thursday, February 18, 2010

Interesting Photo - Rupp in Rupp

The arena is, of course, named for Basketball Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp, who guided the Wildcats to four national championships while at the helm of the hardcourt from 1930 to 1972. The "Baron of the Bluegrass" lived to see his namesake completed, dying at age 76 one year after the arena's inaugural season got under way in 1976. The stars must have aligned in a strange way that sad evening in December 1977 when Rupp passed away, for the UK basketball team was out of town, beating fellow blueblood Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse, the venerable building named for Rupp's coaching mentor Phog Allen. STORY

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