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Dan Issel once took six-pack of beer out of coach Adolph Rupp’s hotel room

Dan Issel with Louie Dampier, right. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)


Former Kentucky All-American Dan Issel remains Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer with 2,138 points — an average of 25.7 points per game when he played for coach Adolph Rupp.

Issel, a productive ABA and NBA player, also had a playful side off the court.

“The places we used to travel in the SEC, most were dry (did not sell alcohol),” Issel said. “The trainer used to take all the booze on the road and had an extra suitcase for coach Rupp’s part (of the alcohol).”

Issel remembers one time the door to Rupp’s hotel room being left open and he snuck in to take a six-pack of beer out of the room. When Rupp discovered it was missing, he came to the room Issel shared with Mike Pratt.

“He said, ‘I know you guys took it. Where is it? He tore that room apart,” Issel laughed and said.

Rupp didn’t find it because Pratt had taken the top of the commode of and put the beer in there.

“That is a true story,” Pratt confirmed. “That was a good night.”



  2. Funny story, I hope Dan get his wish in terms of bringing a NBA team to Louisville soon.

  3. They were human….1967 Boyd Hall, 6 pack in ice in the sink….Floor Adviser comes in….took the beer and took my stereo for a month as punishment…dang.

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