Adolph “Herky” Rupp Jr. died Wednesday after fighting a battle with cancer for nearly a decade. The son of legendary Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp was 75 and remained close to the program and the UK athletic department through the years.
Kentucky coach John Calipari and athletic director Mitch Barnhart issued statements on Rupp’s passing Friday.
“Herky was a great supporter of not only our basketball program, but myself and my family,” Calipari said. “I loved being in his company. Herky always had great stories to tell and he would always set the record straight. He was immensely proud and honored that his father was one of the great coaches of all time. He’ll be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Herky’s family.”
Rupp was not just the son of a famous coach. He also played for the Wildcats for three seasons, though he only appeared in a total of 14 games from 1959-61 and scored 11 points in his career.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Herky Rupp. Herky has been an important part of the UK family for decades and an invaluable supporter of our men’s basketball program,” Barnhart said. “We offer our condolences and prayers to the Rupp family.”