Sport: The Baron

The man in the brown suit tugged nervously at his socks, squirmed on his chair, periodically leaped up to loose a volley of abuse at a panting Kentucky player. Out on the floor of Louisville's Freedom Hall, the University of Kentucky basketball team was botching plays, losing passes, defending raggedly against an alert Illinois team. Coach Adolph Rupp relaxed only when a last-ditch Illinois shot rolled harmlessly off the rim, preserving a 76-75 Kentucky victory. Sighed the Baron: "That one nearly killed me."

In 28 years as head basketball coach at Kentucky, Adolph ("The Baron") Rupp, 57, has fretted and fidgeted his...

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