Larry Conley, former UK basketball player (#410)
Larry Conley, a star of one of the University of Kentucky’s most beloved basketball teams, Rupp’s Runts, talks about his time with legendary coach Adolph Rupp and what life has been like since. He also delves into his career on the other side of the court as a Raycom Sports analyst.
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Conley discusses how basketball has changed over the years, as he explains the importance of not only participating in the sport, but also earning a college degree. Conley was a three-year Academic All-American at Kentucky and is the school’s ninth all-time leader in assists. The famous 1965-66 team is remembered as Rupp’s Runts because the tallest player among the starting five was guard Tommy Kron, who was 6-foot-5. The other players include Thad Jaracz, Pat Riley and Louie Dampier.
Conley speaks about UK’s famous 1966 NCAA title game against the all African-American Texas Western team—a game that ended the Wildcats’ season as the country’s top-ranked college basketball team. He explains how that game became one of the major milestones of his life and career.