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Money and Big-Time College Sports in the Rupp/Bryant Early Years

Join us for our first History Café!

$10 members; $15 others
Price includes hors d’oeuvres (starting at 5 p.m.) and soft drinks
Cash bar available

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Reservations required by March 13
502-564-1792, ext. 4408

There is no better time than March Madness to look into the early years of Coaches Adolph Rupp and Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky and their ongoing battle with the NCAA over the commercialization of college athletics.

Bring your friends and join the conversation with sports historian Chad Carlson, Ph.D., author of an article on this subject in the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society.

We’ll examine the successes and scandals that defined the years from 1946 to 1955 when these two coaching powerhouses defied the NCAA – sometimes successfully and sometimes with consequences – as they worked to build up two of the nation’s winningest teams.

Carlson, an assistant professor of kinesiology and head coach of the men’s junior varsity basketball team at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, also wrote Making March Madness: The Early Years of the NCAA, NIT, and College Basketball Championship Tournaments, 1922-1951 (University of Arkansas Press, 2017).


March 14
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
100 W. Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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(502) 564-1792