27th Rupp Trophy Awarded at Final Four
With all that Coach Rupp did in his life, it's an honor to be a guardian of this great basketball program, Coach Tubby Smith said today. I know this award means a lot to so many players."
The award, which will be presented during a press conference in Minneapolis during the 2001 Final Four, is symbolic of the excellence established by Coach Rupp during his 42-year career at the University of Kentucky. Coach Rupps 879 victories established him as the winningest coach in college basketball history, a record he held until 1997.
"I would like to thank the Rupp family for all of their help and contributions to the museum, said Van Florence, Museum director. One thing we've wanted to do is draw more interest. To be able to display the Adolph F. Rupp Trophy, which honors college basketball's top player each year, will do just that. This is one of the oldest Player of the Year awards in existence, and it will remain on display here until the end of March when it goes to Minneapolis for the Final Four."
The Commonwealth Athletic Club was established as a non-profit organization in 1972 and is comprised of volunteer supporters throughout the Commonwealth who maintain the legacy of Coach Rupp and establish scholarships in his name.
The 2001 Final Four marks the 30th year of existence of the Club, the 27th consecutive year that it has joined with the AP to present the Rupp Award. Throughout this period, the Club has maintained exclusive rights to the Rupp Award without the benefit of a national, regional, or local sponsor.
From its inception in 1972 until his death in 1977, Coach Rupp personally presented the solid bronze Players trophy to each winner. A list of the honorees is listed below.
RUPP AWARD RECIPIENTS