Originally Posted by dabvu2498
There's a bit of myth to this also. Tom Payne enrolled at UK when Perry Wallace was a senior at Vanderbilt and had already proven for three years that a black man could go on the road safely in the SEC.
Agreed, Rupp had also attempted to recruit blacks before Payne and failed in a similar time period. However, the focus of being the first black at Kentucky would have carried much more scrutiny and danger than the first black at Vanderbilt. Did Wallace travel to every road game in his entire career at VU? I'm a bit skeptical, but would love to know whatever knowledge you can provide on his career in Nashville. Do you know the order of integration in basketball in the SEC? Vandy was first, correct?
The truth of his behavior in Kansas, however, cannot be disputed.
I would recommend anyone interested in the subject to check out www.bigbluehistory.net
where Jon Scott has outlined the discussion both pro and con in regards to allegations of racism by Rupp. IMO, an unbiased view of the facts as we know them necessitates a conclusion that Rupp was not a racist.