Adolph Frederick Rupp was an American college basketball coach. Rupp is ranked fifth 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, he played college basketball at the University of Kansas under Hall of Fame coach Phog Allen. Rupp is second among all men's college coaches in all-time winning percentage, trailing only Clair Bee. Rupp was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 13, 1969. Rupp was born September 2, 1901 in Halstead, Kansas to Heinrich Rupp, a German immigrant, Anna Lichi, an Austrian immigrant; the fourth of six children, Rupp grew up on a 163-acre farm. He began playing basketball as a young child, with the help of his mother who made a ball for him by stuffing rags into a gunnysack. "Mother sewed it up and somehow made it round," he recalled in 1977. "You couldn't dribble it. You couldn't bounce it either."Rupp was a star for the Halstead High School basketball team, one of the first in the area to play with a real basketball.
He averaged 19 points a game. Former teammates described Rupp as the team's unofficial coach. After high school, Rupp attended the University of Kansas from 1919 to 1923, he worked part-time at the student Jayhawk Cafe to help pay his college expenses. He was a reserve on the basketball team under legendary coach Forrest "Phog" Allen from 1919 to 1923. Assisting Allen during that time was his former coach and inventor of the game of basketball, James Naismith, whom Rupp got to know well during his time in Lawrence. In Rupp's junior and senior college seasons, Kansas had outstanding basketball squads. Both of these standout Kansas teams would be awarded the Helms National Championship, recognizing the Jayhawks as the top team in the nation during those seasons, he received a MA from Columbia University. Rupp began his career in coaching by accepting a teaching job at Kansas. After a one-year stay, Rupp moved on to Marshalltown, where he coached wrestling, a sport he knew nothing about at the time and learned from a book.
He led the Marshalltown team to a state wrestling title in 1926. In 1926–30, Rupp accepted the basketball head coaching position at Freeport High School, where he taught history and economics. During his four years at Freeport, Rupp compiled a record of 66-21 and guided his team to a third-place finish in the 1929 state tournament. While at Freeport High School Rupp started William "Mose" Mosely, the first African-American to play basketball at Freeport and the second to graduate from the school. University of Illinois head basketball coach Craig Ruby was invited to speak at the team banquet following the 1929–30 season. Ruby informed Rupp of the Kentucky head coaching job and followed up by recommending him for the job. During his time in Freeport, Rupp met Esther Schmidt. Rupp coached the University of Kentucky men's basketball team from 1930 to 1972. There, he gained the nicknames, "Baron of the Bluegrass", "The Man in the Brown Suit". Rupp's Wildcat teams won four NCAA championships, one National Invitation Tournament title in 1946, appeared in 20 NCAA tournaments, had six NCAA Final Four appearances, captured 27 Southeastern Conference regular season titles, won 13 Southeastern Conference tournaments.
Rupp's Kentucky teams finished ranked #1 on six occasions in the final Associated Press college basketball poll and four times in the United Press International poll. In addition, Rupp's 1966 Kentucky squad—nicknamed "Rupp's Runts"— finished runner-up in the NCAA tournament and Rupp's 1947 Wildcats finished runner-up in the National Invitation Tournament. Rupp's 1933 and 1954 Kentucky squads were retroactively named national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation. In his 41 seasons as UK coach, Rupp coached 32 All-Americans, chosen 50 times, 52 All-SEC players, chosen 91 times, 44 NBA Draft Picks, 2 National Players-of-the-Year, 7 Olympic Gold Medalists, 4 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame members, he was a 5-time National Coach-of-the-Year award winner, a 7-time Conference Coach-of-the-Year award winner. Rupp was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, College Basketball Hall of Fame, Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, Kansas Athletic Hall of Fame, University of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.
Further, since 1972, the Adolph Rupp Trophy, considered one of the nation's premier basketball awards, has been given by the Commonwealth Athletic Club to the top men's college basketball player. In addition, the University of Kentucky retired a jersey in his honor in the rafters of Rupp Arena, a 23,500-seat arena named after him, dedicated in 1976. Rupp was forced into retirement in March 1972, at the age of 70. At the time, this was the mandatory retirement age for all University of Kentucky employees. Rupp was the head coach at Kentucky during the point shaving scandal of 1951. On October 20, 1951, former Kentucky players Alex Groza, Bill Spivey, Ralph Beard, Dale Barnstable were arrested for taking bribes from gamblers to shave points during the National Invitation Tournament game against the Loyola Ramblers in the 1948–49 season; this game occurred during the same year that Kentucky won their second straight NCAA title under Rupp. Rupp and the university were criticized by the presiding judge, Saul Streit, for creating an atmosphere for the violations to occur and for "failing in his duty to observe the am
Richmond Spiders men's basketball
The Richmond Spiders men's basketball team represents the University of Richmond in Richmond and competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The team plays its home games at the Robins Center; the team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2011 under head coach Chris Mooney, who has guided the program since the 2005–2006 season. UR's basketball program has developed a reputation as a "giant killer" in the NCAA tournament, defeating the Charles Barkley-led Auburn Tigers in 1984, reaching the Sweet Sixteen in 1988 by defeating defending national champion Indiana and Georgia Tech, beating #3 seeded South Carolina in 1998, becoming the first #15 seed to knock off a #2 seed when the Spiders defeated Syracuse in 1991; the Spiders hold the distinction of being the only basketball program to win NCAA tournament games as a 12, 13, 14, 15 seed. Chris Mooney – Head Coach Rob Jones – Associate Head Coach Kim Lewis – Assistant Coach Marcus Jenkins – Assistant Coach Three Spider players have had their numbers retired by the University.
The Spiders have appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 8–9; the Spiders have appeared in nine National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 10–9. *The NIT in 2006 began using a seeding and region system similar to what is used in the NCAA Tournament. The Spiders have appeared in three College Basketball Invitational tournaments, their combined record is 3–3. The following Spider players have been selected in the National Basketball Association draft: Official website
William & Mary Tribe men's basketball
The William & Mary Tribe men's basketball team represents the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in NCAA Division I competition. The school's team competes in the Colonial Athletic Association and play their home games in Kaplan Arena; the Tribe have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament three times. Their combined record is 0–3. None William & Mary is one of four original Division I teams in history to have never participated in the NCAA Tournament; when the NCAA split its classification into divisions in 1948–49, William & Mary was classified as a Division I school. Of all Division I schools today that were charter members of this new classification, only William & Mary, The Citadel, St. Francis Brooklyn have never reached the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at least once; the closest effort by the Tribe to reach the NCAA Tournament was a 75–74 loss in the 2014 CAA Tournament Final to Delaware. The Tribe lost conference tournament championships in 1958, 1961, 1965, 1975, 1983, 2008, 2010, 2015, now having gone 0–9 in NCAA Tournament berth-clinching games.
William & Mary's traditional rivals have included in-state opponents Old Dominion University, James Madison University, the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University. However, of these teams, only the James Madison Dukes are still members of the Colonial Athletic Association; the Richmond Spiders, VCU Rams, George Mason Patriots have all moved on to the Atlantic 10 Conference while the Old Dominion Monarchs left for Conference USA in 2013. Some of these teams are maintained as part of William & Mary's out of conference schedule each year along with other Virginia schools like Virginia, Virginia Tech, Radford, VMI, Liberty. Records through the 2017–18 season Through the 2017–18 season, March 5 IndividualBill Chambers, highest single game rebound total, 51, February 14, 1953 vs. Virginia TeamIn 2009–10, they became the first team in NCAA history to score baskets in four consecutive conference tournament games with less than eight seconds remaining in each game William & Mary joined the Colonial Athletic Association, its current conference, in 1982–83.
The CAA's predecessor was the ECAC South, which existed between 1977–78 and 1984–85. The CAA recognizes the 1982–83 through 1984–85 seasons as part of its basketball history but not any earlier; the CAA was formally founded in 1982–83 as the ECAC South Basketball League. It was renamed the Colonial Athletic Association in 1985–86 when it added championships in other sports. William & Mary has retired five men's basketball jerseys in its program's history. Uniform numbers are not only ceremonial jerseys. Banners depicting the all-time greats hang in the rafters of Kaplan Arena. There hang banners which commemorate their 1983 National Invitation Tournament and 2010 National Invitation Tournament bids; this section is for William & Mary players who have appeared in at least one regular season or postseason NBA game. Andy Duncan – Rochester Royals.
Ed Tapscott is the former interim head coach of the NBA's Washington Wizards. Tapscott received his bachelor's degree from Tufts University and his Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law, he was an assistant to Gary Williams at American University in the 1970s while a law student, took over head coaching duties in 1982. By the time Tapscott left American in 1990 to use his J. D. as director of team sports for Advantage International, he was the coach with the 2nd highest winning percentage. He subsequently led the team to one of the program's biggest victories. On December 15, 1982, in his fifth game as coach Tapscott guided the Eagles to a 62-61 upset over its cross-town rival Georgetown who were led by Patrick Ewing and ranked fifth in the nation; the game is notable because the Washington Cardiovascular Institute had given the coach a portable heart monitor to wear during the game, with his heart rate jumping from a pregame rate of 68 to 130 to 170 in the second half.
Tapscott scored another upset over a ranked Georgetown four years but the Reggie Williams-led Hoyas held on 62-59 and Coach John Thompson dropped American University from its schedule thereafter. An NBA executive level professional for years, Tapscott was the first employee hired to lead the Charlotte Bobcats as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, but resigned after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2006. Tapscott worked in the New York Knicks’ front office, including a stint as interim president and general manager. He’s best remembered in New York for the 1999 drafting of French center Frederic Weis who never played a game in the NBA, but much less credited for formulating the New York Knicks team, which culminated its season in the 1999 NBA Finals. On November 24, 2008, Tapscott, at that time director of player development, was named as interim head coach, replacing Eddie Jordan after a dismal 1–10 start during the season. General manager of the Wizards, Ernie Grunfeld, stated that Tapscott will run the team for the rest of the season.
Tapscott made his professional coaching debut against the Golden State Warriors on November 25, 2008, a game which resulted in a win. Under Tapscott, the Wizards accrued an 18-53 record in the 2008-2009 season. After Flip Saunders was hired as coach of the Wizards, Tapscott returned to his position as the team's Director of Player Development. Ed Tapscott Coaching Info at NBA.com
VCU Rams men's basketball
The VCU Rams men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball team that represents Virginia Commonwealth University. The Rams joined the Atlantic 10 Conference in the 2012–13 season after competing in the Colonial Athletic Association. In 2017, VCU was ranked the fortieth most valuable men's basketball program in the country by The Wall Street Journal. With a valuation of $56.9 million, VCU ranks second in the Commonwealth of Virginia, second in the A10 Conference. The team is coached by Mike Rhoades. Since 1999, the team has played home basketball games at the E. J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia on the university's Monroe Park campus. Virginia Commonwealth has made it to the NCAA Final Four once in its program's history, in 2011. Additionally, the Rams have nine conference tournaments; the Rams have won ten regular season championships. The official student supporter group is known as the Rowdy Rams; the team is known for its Final Four run in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
While the team had made nine NCAA Tournament appearances beforehand, never had the Rams made it beyond the second round of the tournament. In 2011, the Rams' journey to the Final Four began in one of the four opening round games called "play-in" games, intended to narrow the field from 68 to 64 teams. Thus, VCU became the first team to advance from the "First Four" to the Final Four. VCU reached the NCAA tournament a state record seven consecutive times from 2011–2017; the VCU Rams men's basketball program was founded in 1968, at the same time as the merger of the Richmond Professional Institute and the Medical College of Virginia. In the 1968–69 season as an independent team, the program played its first season. Coached by Benny Dees and assisted by Landy Watson and Vann Brackin for their first two seasons, Dees led the team to two winning records, before being replaced by Chuck Noe, it would take 10 more seasons before the Rams appeared in a postseason tournament, earning a berth into the 1978 National Invitation Tournament being eliminated in the first round by the University of Detroit.
Under the coaching of J. D. Barnett, the Rams earned fourth berths into the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, each being their first four berths, the first coming in 1980. During Barnett's six years coaching the team, only twice did the Rams not win the Sun Belt Conference; the Rams became the first team to sweep the best of 3 championship series in the CBI post-season tournament on their way to becoming the 2010 CBI Champions. It is the first post-season tournament championship, excluding conference tournaments, in the history of the program. VCU received their first bid to the NCAA Tournament in the 1979–1980 season with an 18–12 overall record and Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship led by first-year VCU Head Coach J. D. Barnett in VCU's first season in the Sun Belt, they entered the tournament as a #12 seed in the East Region and were eliminated in the first round by #5 Iowa. It would not be long before the Rams returned to the tournament; the following year the Rams posted a 24–5 record on their way to the Sun Belt Conference regular season and Conference Tournament Championships.
The Rams entered the tournament as the #5 seed in the East region and defeated #12 Long Island before being eliminated by #4 Tennessee in overtime in the second round 56–58. The Rams would return to the tournament in 1983; the Rams, the #5 seed in the East region, defeated #12 seed La Salle in the first round and were eliminated in the second round by #4 seed Georgia 54–56. The Rams lost their second-round game by the same margin to #4 Tennessee in 1981; the 1984 tournament held similar results for the Rams squad. They entered the tournament as a #6 seed in the East Region and defeated #11 Northeastern before being eliminated by #3 Syracuse, it should be noted that the second-round losses in the NCAA Tournament by VCU in 1981, 1983, 1984 were to teams with first-round byes before the tournament expanded to 64 teams for the 1984–1985 season and byes were eliminated. In the 1984–85 season the Rams once again made it to the newly expanded 1985 NCAA Tournament; the Rams entered the tournament as the #2 seed in the West region, the highest seeding they have received in the tournament.
The Rams defeated #15 Marshall in the first round, but their luck had not changed in the second-round and they were upset by #7 Alabama 63–59. During his tenure, Head Coach J. D Barnett led VCU and the Rams to five NCAA Tournament appearances while capturing four Sun Belt regular season conference championships and three Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championships, he was 132–48 overall and 59–19 in conference play during his time at VCU. The Rams next stint in the post-season came under Head Coach Mike Pollio in the 1988 NIT Tournament where they would reach the quarter-finals before falling to UConn 60–69; the Rams posted wins over Marshall and Southern Mississippi in the first and second rounds, respectively. The Rams remained in the Sun Belt Conference until 1991. VCU was left out of the 1995 merger of the Metro and Great Midwest Conference that created Conference USA, they instead joined the Colonial Athletic Association for the 1995–1996 season. In their first season as members of the CAA, the Rams posted a 24–9 overall record, going 14–2 in conference play en route to the CAA regular season and conference tournament championships.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an American history museum and hall of fame, located at 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts. It serves as the sport's most complete library, in addition to promoting and preserving the history of basketball. Dedicated to Canadian-American physician and inventor of the sport James Naismith, it was opened and inducted its first class in 1959; as of the induction of the Class of 2018, the Hall has formally inducted 389 individuals. The Naismith Hall of Fame was established in 1959 by Lee Williams, a former athletic director at Colby College. In the 1960s, the Basketball Hall of Fame struggled to raise enough money for the construction of its first facility. However, during the following half-decade the necessary amount was raised, the building opened on Feb. 17, 1968, less than one month after the National Basketball Association played its 18th All-Star Game. The Basketball Hall of Fame's Board named four inductees in its first year.
In addition to honoring those who contributed to basketball, the Hall of Fame sought to make contributions of its own. In 1979, the Hall of Fame sponsored a pre-season college basketball exhibition; this Tip-Off Classic has been the start to the college basketball season since, although it does not always take place in Springfield, Massachusetts it returns every few years. In the 17 years that the original Basketball Hall of Fame operated at Springfield College, it drew more than 630,000 visitors; the popularity of the Basketball Hall of Fame necessitated that a new facility be constructed, in 1985, an $11 million facility was built beside the scenic Connecticut River in Springfield. As the new hall opened, it recognized women for the first time, with inductees such as Senda Berenson Abbott, who first introduced basketball to women at Smith College. During the years following its construction, the Basketball Hall of Fame's second facility drew far more visitors than anticipated, due in large part to the increasing popularity of the game but to the scenic location beside the river and the second Hall's interesting modern architecture.
In 2002, the Basketball Hall of Fame moved again—albeit 100 yards south along Springfield's riverfront—into a $47 million facility designed by renowned architects Gwathmey Siegel & Associates. The building's architecture features a metallic silver, basketball-shaped sphere flanked by two symmetrical rhombuses; the dome is illuminated at night and features 80,000 square foot, including numerous restaurants and an extensive gift shop. The second Basketball Hall of Fame was not torn down but rather converted into an LA Fitness health clubs; the current Basketball Hall of Fame features Center Court, a full-sized basketball court on which visitors can play. Inside the building there are a game gallery, many interactive exhibits, several theaters, an honor ring of inductees. A large theater for ceremonies seats up to 300; the honorees inducted in 2002 included the Harlem Globetrotters and Magic Johnson, a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA finals MVP and Olympic gold medalist. As of 2011, the current Basketball Hall of Fame has exceeded attendance expectations, with basketball fans traveling to the Hall of Fame from all over the world.
Despite the new facility's success, a logistical problem remains for the Basketball Hall of Fame and the City of Springfield. The two entities are separated by the Interstate 91 elevated highway—one of the eastern United States' busiest highways—which inhibits foot-traffic and other interaction between the Basketball Hall of Fame and Springfield's lively Metro Center. Both the Hall and Springfield have made public statements about cooperating further so as to facilitate more business and recreational growth for both. Urban planners at universities such as UMass Amherst have called for the I-91 to be moved, or to be re-configured so as to be pedestrian-friendly to Hall of Fame visitors. In 2010, the Urban Land Institute announced a plan to make the walk between Springfield's Metro Center and the Hall of Fame easier. In contrast to the Pro Football and the National Baseball Halls of Fame, Springfield honors international and American professionals, as well as American and international amateurs, making it arguably the most comprehensive Hall of Fame among major sports.
From 2011 to 2015 seven committees were, as of 2016 six committees are employed to both screen and elect candidates. Four of the committees screen prospective candidates: North American Screening Committee Women's Screening Committee International Screening Committee Veterans Screening Committee, with "Veterans" defined as individuals whose careers ended at least 35 years before they are considered for election. Since 2011, the Veterans and International Committees vote to directly induct one candidate for each induction class. Three committees were formed in 2011 to directly elect one candidate for each induction class: American Basketball Association Committee - This committee was permanently disbanded in 2015 because it had fulfilled its purpose over the previous five years. Contributor Direct Election Committee Other committees may choose to elect contributors. For example, the 2014 class included two contributors. Early African-American Pioneers of the Game CommitteeIndividuals who receive at least seven votes from the North American Screening Committee or five votes from one of the other screening committees in a given year are eligible to advance to an Honors Committee, composed of 12 members plus rotating groups of 12 specialists (one group for
Blaine Taylor is an American college basketball coach and the former head coach of the Old Dominion Monarchs men's basketball team. Taylor played as a point guard for the University of Montana from 1979 to 1981. In 1981, he was recognized as the school's most outstanding male athlete and earned the Naseby Rhinehart Award as the Most Inspirational Player. Taylor became an assistant coach at Montana while a graduate student from 1981 to 1984 and again became an assistant to Stew Morrill from 1986 to 1991, he was promoted to head coach of the Grizzlies in 1991 and led the team to two NCAA tournament appearances through 1998. Taylor became an assistant coach under former Grizzly coach Mike Montgomery at Stanford University from 1998 to 2001; the Cardinal were invited to the NCAA tournament during every year of Taylor's tenure, reaching the Elite Eight in the 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. During his tenure at Old Dominion, Taylor has led the Monarchs to CAA Tournament championships in 2005, 2010, 2011 and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011.
The Monarchs lost in their first NCAA tournament game on three of Taylor's trips, but broke through with a first round victory over Notre Dame in 2010 before losing to Baylor in the second round. Taylor led the Monarchs to the 2006 NIT semifinals, where the team lost to the Michigan Wolverines; the Monarchs won the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in 2009. On February 5, 2013, Taylor was fired by Old Dominion in the middle of a 2-20 season. In the summer of 2016, it was announced that Taylor was hired by Russell Turner, head coach of UC Irvine as an assistant; the two had both worked as assistants at Stanford. Old Dominion profile