Adolph Rupp & Colonel Sanders

Capital Region basketball fans are well aware that Schenectady’s Pat Riley played for Adoph Rupp and was a member of “Rupp’s Runts”,  who lost the NCAA final in 1966.  Rupp and Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, are two of the biggest names in the history of the state of Kentucky.  Known as the “Baron of the Bluegrass”, or “The Man in the Brown Suit,” this no-nonsense coaching genius had a 15-3 record his first season at Kentucky.  Rupp became the winningest coach in college basketball history in the late 1960s, having accumulated  831 wins at the conclusion of the 1969-70 season.  His 1946 Wildcat squad beat Rhode Island 46-45 for the NIT title.  Rupp won his first NCAA title in 1948.  That team, known as the “Fabulous Five,” was led by 5’10” Ralph Beard.  Rupp’s teams also won the national championship in 1949 and 1958.

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