Originally Posted by WMR
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?
Yes. Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard were the first black scholarship athletes in the SEC. Although, Dillard never played in a varsity game. (Interestingly enough, both Wallace and Dillard became lawyers and law professors.) Not sure the order of integrating the rest of the league.
Wallace did make every trip in the SEC with one exception... Ole Miss cancelled their freshman team games (both home and road) with Vanderbilt in his freshman season. The next three years as a varsity player, he made every trip and played in every game.
Here's the low-down on Wallace: http://www.vucommodores.com/sports/m...020713aaa.html
The article also does say he was recruited by UK, but never by Rupp, persoanlly, and that UK generally treated him with more respect than some other opponents.
Here's a good article on Dillard also: http://www.vucommodores.com/sports/h...122910aad.html