The YouTube folks at Kentucky Wildcats TV have posted all the Georgia post game festivies, including highlights of the game synced up to the Tom Leach radio broadcast, Coach Cal’s press conference, and interviews with Willie Cauley-Stein, James Young, and Aaron Harrison. I’ve written up a rough transcript of the questions the media asked the coach and players, which can be found below their respective videos.
QUESTIONS TO COACH CAL:
Can you talk about Willie and how he came back?
Cal, the stats aren’t necessarily crazy for Andrew, but it seemed like again the offense is running the way you want it to… [Coach Cal interrupts.]
John, I’m certainly no “Basketball Benny,” but when you look down through your stat sheet, is that more like what you like to see from your team?
Coach, since that Arkansas game, it seems like you’ve had a couple smoothly officiated games. Have you noticed any changes in the way this league is calling games now?
John, lately you’ve been talking about how your team needs to play more like a team and less for themselves. You’ve kinda touched on it a little bit… Do you think they took a step forward as guys playing for each other?
It seems like Dakari’s teammates are more confident with taking the ball into the post with him. Have you seen that progression, that trust, over the last few games?
QUESTIONS TO WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN:
Coach took you out of the game early, Willie–you and another guy–I’m wondering if you felt like, “Uh oh, here we go again” kind of a thing?
You laughed off the headband question earlier… but are you surprised at all by how obsessed people seem to be what your hair is like, what you’re wearing on your head, and all of that stuff?
Did anybody tell you to go blonde again?
Why not [die your hair back to blonde]? You were playing well as a blonde…
Coach Fox had some very complimentary things to say in his post game presser. How does that make you feel (he was talking about you)?
What he [Mark Fox] said was, he didn’t think you had been in a slump, but that Kentucky has a lot of good players and not everyone can excel every game cause there’s only so many opportunities in any particular game. What do you think of that way of looking at it?
QUESTIONS TO JAMES YOUNG:
Can you tell a big difference [in the team communicating better], and how would you describe the team you were two months ago?
What had to take place for that transformation to happen?
Is there a whole breaking down process that Coach has to do?
I’ve also heard coaches say when you get a bunch of good individuals, you have to break each player down and rebuild it as a team. Have you felt that process?
I can’t imagine that would be much fun… getting broken down by Coach…
Is that an eye opener? You come in highly ranked and maybe you’re not as good as you thought you were in high school with the coaches pointing out some things to improve?
Did you know those flaws existed before you got here?
QUESTIONS TO AARON HARRISON:
What did you think of today’s performance?
How good was it to see Willie get out there and get involved and basically have a much better game than he’s had recently?
Coach was saying that he wasn’t sure if this team has the ingredients to do something special. What do you have to do to convince him that?
Do you see the pieces falling in place?
Cal said that you guys are always excited for everybody else, you know, when Derek gets in… that’s a good thing. A, it means you guys are doing well, and it also means you get to watch him–especially when he plays like he did today. How big is it seeing the other guys start to come into the fold? Jon Hood coming in, even at the end of the game?
Coach said that the next step now is discipline for you guys. What does he mean by that?