When Adolph Rupp won 1,234 games

Adolph Rupp

The day won his 1,234th college basketball game, it rained all day. Inside Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gymnasium, the drops thumped away like a drumline, perhaps a subtle suggestion that time marched on that night.  Rupp waited out of sight during warmups as nervous as when he had coached his first game against College 42 years earlier. He would describe that pregame feeling often, like a sudden hook to the belly.

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