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After the game in which Kentucky shot 27 for 70 from the field, Rupp said "Hell, they just whipped us. That's the story of the game. I hope to be back here again sometime. JPS Note - Although many writers have portrayed Rupp as downbeat immediately after the game [some have suggested that he didn't shake hands with Texas Western coach Don Haskins, a claim which will be discussed in detail and debunked later in this article ], it is interesting to contrast that with an actual audio clip from an interview after the game.
In the audio, Rupp does appear concerned about the free throw differential later in his life, Rupp wondered why UK was called for so many fouls when they were playing a zone while Texas Western was playing an aggressive man-to-man but overall, he seems upbeat and even has the presence of mind to start talking about the upcoming summer, and joking with interviewer Claude Sullivan about helping him broadcast baseball games Sullivan was also an announcer for the Cincinnati Reds.
Beyond that, not everyone claimed Rupp was downbeat at all. Bob Ingram, sports editor of the El Paso Herald-Post described Rupp in an article after the game as "relaxed, agreeable, jovial and seemingly happy although just a few minutes before the Kentucky team he was reported to have more affection for than any of the teams he ever coached was beaten for the national title.
In the end, the administration at Kentucky did have to haul Rupp away from the coach's seat. He never returned to the title game. He was 64 years old. He might never get that close again. He loved that team, 'Rupp's Runts. The coach later told me Texas Western used a player it had gotten out of prison.
Well, he no more believed that than he believed Louie Dampier was born in a manger. And he said it knowing I wouldn't believe it, either. He just needed to feel he hadn't been beaten fairly or it wasn't his fault anyway -- a feeling he tried to engender every time Kentucky lost a game to anyone.
For 42 years it was his way of dealing with defeat. Acerbic, arrogant, defiant, Adolph Rupp won games and lost none. It was his players who lost those JPS Note - The belief that Texas Western had a former convict was a gross exaggeration based on some rumors which the media at the time of the game allowed to propagate.
There had been a minor disciplinary problem while at the school, but one which was serious enough to cause the Dean of the school to write that Lattin not be readmitted until the matter had been cleared up.
Lattin later enrolled at Texas Western. This, however, had not happened and thus Lattin was eligible. This stubbornness to rarely admit defeat most-likely led to a few of the remarks below which Rupp reportedly said and which didn't help Rupp in the eyes of people looking to UK to integrate.
The first remark is also unfortunate since Kentucky HAD been recruiting black athletes sincemany of them of good academic standing.
In a column by Bill Conlin in the Philadelphia News titled "The Baron Has His Boundaries," Rupp is reported to have replied to the question of whether he should start recruiting blacks.
I don't think Duke and Kentucky had to apologize to anybody for the way we played without 'em. So far we haven't found a boy who meets our scholastic qualifications. It's got to be a Kentucky boy or from a neighbor state.
We can't go raid some schoolyard. I hate to see those boys from Texas Western win it. Not because of race or anything like that but because of the type of recruiting it represents.
Hell, don't you think I could put together a championship team if I went out and got every kid who could jam a ball through a hoop?
Rupp reportedly said, "He's a good little boy, but there's a lot of good little boys around this year. Despite the bickering with Rupp, Don Haskins really had bigger worries after the game. Don Haskins A legion of racists began a hate-letter campaign against Haskins. White people were saying I used them to win games.
Black people said I had exploited the players. If I could have changed things, I would hope we'd come in second place. Most of the Texas Western players were either failing academically, or worse, being carried by the school to keep them eligible.
Haskins was publicly accused of exploiting his Black recruits for his own glory. For the first time the question of the intellectual cost of athletic integration was being raised.
Yes, a basketball scholarship got these brothers into college.Actually it is. the only thing worse would be a child molester or a person who gambled against his own team. This is football after all. I have friends that played div 1 ball that beat the shit out of their girlfriends, killed a dude and got DUIs,some all three, and it was not an issue.
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