Adolph Rupp Quotes

Adolph Frederick Rupp (September 2, 1901 – December 10, 1977) was one of the most successful coaches in the history of American college basketball. Rupp is ranked fifth (behind Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Bob Knight, and Dean Smith) in total victories by a men's NCAA Division I college coach, winning 876 games in 41 years of coaching at the University of Kentucky. Rupp is also second among all men's college coaches in all-time winning percentage (.822), trailing only Clair Bee. Rupp was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 13, 1969

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Adolph Rupp


I wouldn't give one iota to make a trip from the cradle to the grave unless I could live in a competitive world.

Adolph Rupp


Success is the best builder of character.

Adolph Rupp


If they don't let me coach, they might as well take me to the Lexington cemetery.

Adolph Rupp


I believe that good defense embodies seven cardinal principle: reduce the number of your opponent's shots; force your opponent into low percentage shots; control everything within 18 feet; eliminate second shots; no easy baskets; point the ball on all long shots; and prevent the ball from going into the pivot man.

Adolph Rupp


If a Coach is determined to stay in the coaching profession, he will develop from year to year. This much is true, no coach has a monopoly on the knowledge of basketball. There are no secrets in the game. The only secrets, if there are any, are good teaching of sound fundamentals, intelligent handling of men, a sound system of play, and the ability to instill in the boys a desire to win.

Adolph Rupp


Your defense will save you on the nights that your offense isn't working.

Adolph Rupp


We're never as good as we think we are, nor as bad as we think we are.

Adolph Rupp


He who controlleth the backboard, controlleth the game.

Adolph Rupp


I know I have plenty of enemies, but I'd rather be the most-hated winning coach in the country than the most-popular losing one.

Adolph Rupp


I've always envied the kind of coach who could go completely out of his mind and nobody would know the difference.

Adolph Rupp