Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp “passed” on All Time Wins list by Northern State Coach Don Meyer

That’s the claim at any rate.

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I laughed when I read the statement. Then I had to ask myself; “Who on earth is Don Meyers and who are the Northern State Wolves?”  Ranked #15 Nationally at what? Over the past few years, High School powerhouse Oak Hill has been ranked #1 nationally several times. Good for them. It’s just not the same as being the #1 or # 25 ranked NCAA Division 1 Team. Likewise with a JUCO Coach or a Division II Coach and All Time Wins. No comparison. Period. End of story. End of debate.

The Keloland TV Station website is claiming that Northern State Coach Don Meyer has surpassed Adolph Rupp on the All Time Wins list. Claiming that Coach Meyers is now Number 3 and Coach Rupp is now down to Number 4. I have to call them on this one. I think it’s bogus. There is no comparison. If you are going to include Division II schools on the same list as Division 1 schools, we may as well include JUCO and the lower Divisions as well. Why not lump in High School Coaches as well?

I’m sure that Don Meyer is a fine coach. I’m sure he has accomplished much down there in the little leagues. That said, it’s no comparison.

Adolph Rupp won four NCAA Championships. He won the NIT when it was the BIG GAME in town. He placed so many players on the All America lists that they named the NCAA National Player of the Year Award after him. Adolph Rupp coached 28 future NBA’rs. The 1948 USA Olympic Basketball Team consisted of 7 Kentucky players and the starters from the ’48 Philips 66 Oilers Championship team. Coach Rupp was assistant Coach to Bud Browning of the Phillips 66 Oilers. Coach Rupp has a 23,000 seat capacity Arena with 7 National Championship banners flying inside.

A Division II coach is not on the same plane of existence as the Baron of the Bluegrass. No debate necessary. That’s why it hasn’t made the news on any real level. It’s not news. Keloland TV is erroneous in it’s statement that Don Meyers has passed anyone on the All Time Wins list. It’s a pipe dream and it’s up in smoke. A Coach at Division II should not be mentioned in the same breath as Adolph Rupp, Dean Smith and Bob Knight. You may as well include Dean Smith and Adolph Rupp on the list of All Time Winning NBA Coaches. You just can’t do it. 800 wins at Division II–while a great achievement at that level–does not compare to 800 wins at Division 1.

This is the House that Rupp built.


10 comments on “Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp “passed” on All Time Wins list by Northern State Coach Don Meyer

  1. It’s NCAA coaches. PERIOD. END OF STORY. It’s not like it means he is a better coach and Rupp went down in “coaching coolness” because of a guy named Don Meyer that you happened to never hear about. They are just counting NCAA coaching wins. THAT’s IT… Give credit where credit is due.

  2. No one is saying that Coach Don Meyer is better or worse than any other coach. However, your protection of the past is truly remarkable. At no point has anyone said that any coach is better than Dean, Bobby or Adolph. In fact, to show your lack of knowledge of basketball…both Dean and Bobby have both said that the greatest coach of all time is John Wooden (UCLA). Check his NCAA Championship record. Also, go back to the archives and see what Bobby Knight said about Don Meyer on ESPN. Know what he said? He said that Don Meyer is the greatest coaching mind in America. Records aside, Coach Don Meyer developed the largest basketball camps in American history at Lipscomb University having over 3,000 campers from all over the country come through his program each summer. Additionally, he has produced and distributed more basketball educational videos than anyone in the history of the sport.

    And…he is one of the most respected coaches in the game of basketball. Just ask any coach in America.

  3. Good for him.

    I still don’t think it measures up. It’s like saying that a Minor League Baseball coach passed a coach on the MLB list. It’s comparable to listing NBDL coaches with NBA Coaches or NFL Europe and NFL coaches. Is the Euro Championship on par with the Superbowl? Is the DIVII football Championship on par with the BCS Championship. The NIT is now equal to the NCAA Tournament.

    I don’t think so.

  4. Do you know who Don Meyer is? Don Meyer has done more for that game of basketball for the people who actually know the game inside and out, then anyone you’ve never heard of. He continues to have yearly coaching academies with coaches such as Summitt, Wooden, Majerus, Smith, Krause, etc. He a pioneer in the sport and has adjusted to rule changes over the years to continue to allow his team to be successful (ie. shot clock, three-point line, etc). He hosts youth camps all summer long, not just for a week like many of your big name coaches. He loses part of his leg in a car accident, gets diagnosed with cancer and continues to win. For those who have coached the sport, we understand the challenge that is having a program, developing players and winning no matter what level you are coaching.

    He has had 1 athlete in 37 years not graduate. Don Meyer is the Bob Knight of division II basketball. He teaches fundamentals to the athlete that is not going to go to the NBA. He holds them to a high standard. His team plays team basketball with team attitude to perfection. Go watch him play sometime.

    Don Meyer has done this for 37 years, 903 victories and there are more to come.

    It’s unfair to say that he is better than Rupp or visa versa. They are both amazing coaches that have achieved great accomplishments; however, some respect and not your ignorance.

  5. If this has no attention at no level can you explain this?
    Thats just a few ESPN and Sports Illustrated, not to mention all the in game comments about him during broadcasts on CBS, ABC, FOX. I dont know about you but to me it sure looks like it is for real.

  6. just for the record, most of don meyer’s wins were in the naia, not division II. obviously he hasn’t won on as big a stage as rupp, knight, wooden, et al, but he win – and he wins the right way: with class and sportsmanship and like all the great coaches that have been mentioned in these comments, he taught his kids about more than basketball. as a lipscomb alum, i only wish that he would have stuck around once they went ncaa div. 1 to see what he could have done on that level.

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