Basketball reflections from former UK great

Maybe there was a time when legendary coaches Adolph Rupp and Paul "Bear" Bryant didn't get along at Kentucky. However, former UK basketball player Mike Pratt remembers a time during his senior season in 1970 when that certainly was not true.

Maybe there was a time when legendary coaches Adolph Rupp and Paul "Bear" Bryant didn't get along at Kentucky. However, former UK basketball player Mike Pratt remembers a time during his senior season in 1970 when that certainly was not true.

Rupp was Pratt's coach and Bryant had established himself as the nation's premier football coach at Alabama.

"We were practicing to play at Alabama the next day my senior year. Adolph told us he had someone for us to meet and from over in the corner out shuffled Bear Bryant parting the seas. Adolph and him were just standing there chit-chatting. "We looked up and there were those two legends just talking while we were practicing. Then they shuffled off the floor together."

And where did they go?

"The trainer said they were going to Bear's house to eat steak and drink bourbon," Pratt said. "So who said they didn't get along."

Pratt, who spoke at the UK Ohio Convention Saturday, also remembered a time after the Cats lost to Jacksonville in the 1970 NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, when another legend came to see Rupp.

"We were in the dressing room after the game and I hear this voice I didn't recognize. It was (Ohio State football coach) Woody Hayes consoling Adolph," Pratt said. "It was one of those things you don't forget."


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