JAMIE H. VAUGHT: A Balanced Portrayal Of Adolph Rupp Should Be Given By National Media
Over several decades, there have been many national articles about Adolph Rupp (pictured) and his 1965-66 Wildcats, popularly called “Rupp’s Runts.”
That team featured three All-Americans – Louie Dampier, Pat Riley and Thad Jaracz – and All-SEC performers Larry Conley and Tommy Kron in the starting lineup. The tallest starter was the 6-foot-5 Jaracz.
But some of articles – print, online and television/radio – haven’t been all that flattering to Rupp and UK, focusing primarily on Texas Western’s all-black starters against Kentucky’s all-white team in the National Championship game. Of course, there have been more discussion lately, celebrating 50th anniversary of Texas Western’s stunning upset of the top-ranked Wildcats.
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