Kentucky Wildcats TV just posted their pre-game Alabama videos, which you can watch below. First up is Coach Cal’s press conference where he addresses the media about what happened on Saturday and what his plans are for the team. Interestingly, the upcoming Alabama game wasn’t really discussed. Following Coach Cal are the two seniors on this team, Jarrod Polson and Jon Hood, with their own media press conference. Below each video you’ll find our rough transcript of what the media asked the coaches and players.
QUESTIONS TO COACH CAL:
Cal, how do you fix things?
John, they seem to play well against South Carolina when Coach Robic was calmer… [Coach Cal cuts off Jerry Tipton by repeatedly/jokingly saying “He’s a better coach than me, Jerry–he’s a better coach]
So when do you resign [typical dumb question by Jerry Tipton]?
You said today that “this is all on me.” What things personally–what do you wish you maybe had done differently over the course of this year? If there’s anything specific…?
John, you said the team needs you to lead them. How can you put yourself in a position to get tossed at South Carolina when they needed you?
Has this year been tough to figure out overall?
Why has the offense declined the last–especially shooting percentage–the last 2-3 games, and what can you do to fix it?
Is it possible after the fact to go back and sort of say to those guys to effectively scrub the expectations that people came into this and they came into this season with?
Do you think, Cal, they think of themselves as still at times sort of colored by those beginning of the season expectations? You know, we’re not a 40-0 team…
John, on the teleconference I got the idea that you’re thinking about a lighter tone… that maybe the coaching like you’re 35–maybe you should go to 55.
Cal, right now what’s working and what’s not working offensively for Julius [Randle]?
Cal, after the game Aaron [Harrison] said he thinks this could still be a great story at the end of the year. Is that the attitude you want after a loss like that?
John, with what you’ve gone through the last couple of years, does that reassess how you’re recruiting, or not?
Cal, a lot of coaches talk about that one-and-done change in the rule–it’s an NBA rule–how much is that going to take some cooperation on your part, if any?
Cal, you’re probably going to say that you cannot figure out what the kids are thinking, but do you think your kids are having fun this year playing ball?
John, how tough is it to balance being demanding with trying to reinforce and build confidence?
Cal, are you guys starting Jarrod and John tomorrow [for senior night]?
Along those lines–you talk about sitting guys–has the bench not been your friend as much as we thought it would be this year?
John, what recourse do you have? You obviously had some issues with the officiating Saturday… What recourse do you have?
Do you have to address that with the guys? It seems like some of them–over the course of the season–got frustrated… [cut off by Cal]
Cal, do you use the league [the SEC conference] at all to quietly talk about [I couldn’t make out what the media asked here, but it is something related to the refs making calls]
You sound like [Jim] Boeheim [Syracuse’s coach] after their game where he said “this is the rule.”
Are you saying they’re not calling the rules the way they should?
QUESTIONS TO JARROD POLSON:
Jarrod to us, because people coming in and out of here so much, it seems like you have been here a long time. Does it feel that way to you?
What’s going to be your best memory from your time being here?
Who is more likely to cry–you or Jon [Hood]?
How much did you grow up, Jarrod, wanting to play for Kentucky?
How much has it been, I’m sure when some people thought when it was pretty late in the process, you know, that he’ll get some minutes here and there… but you’ve been much more of a factor than that. Has it been any different to that in regard to what you thought it would be, or did you think all along, “I’ve got a chance to make a sizable contribution”?
Jarrod, you said that the championship was obviously on top of your team [memories] list, but was that Maryland game still the top individual moment, maybe that you’ve had?
Jarrod, everybody wants to play for Kentucky, but not a lot of people get to do that. You’ve seen behind the curtain, so to speak. What is it like that regular people don’t understand?
Cal first said it’s hard to play here. What do you think about that?
Is it hard to have fun playing here? Coach Cal said it’s hard to have fun playing here.
Jarrod, where is this team’s mood at after Saturday?
There are starting to be more and more similarities, at least to this point, to last year. Why will this one go differently? Why do you think this team–or is this team made up differently?
Coach said a moment ago that he’s still trying to figure out whether to be a hard-ass, pardon my french, or a nice player/coach kind of a guy. What do you think you guys would respond to best at this point?
Is this kind of like us against the world now after you guys losing a couple of games? You know how it’s like around here…
QUESTIONS TO JON HOOD:
It really feels like you’ve been here a long time. Does it feel that way to you?
How much does it mean to you–the relationships you’ve had with guys like DeMarcus [Cousins] and John Wall each year? You know, you’ve played here with a whole bunch of guys…
What do you see as a guy who has seen every team that has played for Cal… What do you see in this group? What signs do you see that maybe this won’t go the way last year went?
Cal was saying a moment ago that he’s still trying to decide whether to be a hard-ass or whether to be a coach’s player–go easier or lighten the mood somewhat. What do you think you guys would respond best to at this point?
What’s the difference between the Kentucky in the first 30 minutes against Florida and the last 10 minutes against–
What’s kind of been your best moment–your best memory maybe as a team and personal as well?
What do you want to do next?
Will it be a basketball thing or something else?
Jon, why do you think you would be a really good coach and at the same time not a really good coach?
Is that a frustrating thing–a guy that is a basketball perfectionist to play in a program where 5-7 guys come in every year that start out not knowing anything about how to play it the way it should be played?
If you do go into coaching, what will you take from Coach Calipari?
How much do you think Coach Robic’s presence as the coach–he took over as coach the last 10 minutes–was a factor in how the last 10 minutes unfolded? What do you attribute that to?
I think every year, pre-season, you got asked, you know, did you think about going somewhere else where you would play more, shoot more, and do all that sort of stuff. Any regrets as you get to the end that you didn’t try that?
Will you look back on the Mississippi State game with a lot of fondness? I mean, you played a key role in that game.
Do you think you’ll look back in five years and see all these guys in the NBA that you’ve played with and really think, “Well that’s amazing that I’ve really played with all of these guys”?
Jon, what do you think–you’ve seen behind the curtain, like I asked Jarrod the same thing–what’s behind the curtain that maybe most fans don’t realize or appreciate?
Do you know what Cal means when he says it’s hard to have fun here as a player?
Would you agree that you and Jarrod are fan favorites? And why do you think that is?
Do you like the song? The one where it’s just your name over and over again from the students?
Are you mostly likely to cry? Jarrod said you were.