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Adolph Rupp, C.M. Newton, 1971

Posted on February 11, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by
University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp is greeted by Alabama coach and former Wildcat player C.M. Newton, Feb. 22, 1971 at Memorial Coliseum. Rupp, 69, was sidelined for the game with a foot infection complicated by by diabetes. He had been hospitalized at the UK Medical Center since Feb. 8, but commuted to UK home games and some practices. Rupp missed three games, viewed three other ones as a spectator and even made a road trip to Vanderbilt. Assistant coach Joe B. Hall was named active coach during Rupp's absence. Newton was a member of UK's 1951 national championship team under Rupp. Newton coached at Lexington's Transylvania University for 12 years before being named coach at Alabama, a job he got in part because of a recommendation by Rupp. Newton went on to lead the Tide to three straight SEC titles. After a 30-year coaching career, he came back to Lexington in 1989 to be the athletic director at his alma mater, UK, where he served for 11 years. Herald-Leader staff file photo

University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp was greeted by Alabama coach and former Kentucky player C.M. Newton on Feb. 22, 1971 at Memorial Coliseum. Rupp, then 69, was sidelined for the game with a foot infection complicated by by diabetes. He had been hospitalized at the UK Medical Center since Feb. 8, but he commuted to UK home games and some practices — all while having a hospital identification tag affixed to his wrist and right foot. Rupp missed three games, viewed three other ones as a spectator and made a road trip to Vanderbilt. Assistant coach Joe B. Hall was named active coach during Rupp’s absence. Newton was a member of UK’s 1951 national championship team under Rupp. He coached at Transylvania University for 12 years before being named coach at Alabama, a job he got in part because of a recommendation by Rupp. Newton went on to lead the Tide to three straight SEC titles. After a 30-year coaching career, he came back to Lexington in 1989 to be the athletic director at his alma mater, UK, where he served for 11 years. Click here to see other photos of Rupp from our archives. Herald-Leader Staff File Photo

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