The Kentucky Wildcats TV YouTube folks are back, as always, with the pre-game Coach Cal press conference and player interviews featuring Andrew Harrison and Jarrod Polson. There’s a rough transcript below each video with the questions the media asked the coach and players.
QUESTIONS TO COACH CAL:
How’s Willie? He tweeted that he’s a bit banged up.
Can you talk about Jarrod? And did you ever have your high school number retired?
Jarrod said Willie had a look yesterday in practice that he hasn’t seen in a while. What is that look like, and where did it go [the last several games]?
You’ve talked a lot about the clutter–the people… [interrupted by Coach Cal].
John, what was your reaction to Brian Shorter and all of that?
You talked about Jarrod’s [high school] number being retired. Goose Givens had his number retired. How does that help the program, and how does that help the guys in recruiting and other things?
What about Georgia, John, what challenges do they bring?
What about Dakari, I mean when you look back on that game, what’s the one thing that you look back on and say, “This is what I saw when I recruited him?”
QUESTIONS TO ANDREW HARRISON:
Andrew, Cal said that Willie was in here late the night before and then had a great practice yesterday and looked like his old self. Did you see that from him, or what are you seeing?
Could you tell he’s [Willie Cauley-Stein] pretty motivated to sort of shake that off?
How much do you guys need him [Willie]?
You guys have been having a lot of 9:00 PM games. How does it feel to an early game? Does it matter?
Will the rest of you guys go and watch Jarrod’s [Polson] thing tonight [high school jersey being retired]?
Cal’s talked a lot about what he’s wanted out of you and seem to be sort of getting there. Do you feel like you’re getting pretty close at this point?
Is it just a natural comfort level thing, or did you just at some point sort of realize you feel a lot more comfortable out here… the game at this level sort of makes a lot more sense?
Andrew, if you look at the course of the season, Julius played great at the beginning, you started to come on, Willie’s been playing great but now not playing as well… How good could you guys be if you got everybody on the same page at the same time?
Do you feel like you’re getting that more consistent [effort] lately from everybody?
How do you like the temperatures?
Cal didn’t talk about it being below zero when he was recruiting you?
How cold would it get in Texas?
How nervous do you think Jarrod will be tonight [with having his high school jersey retired]?
QUESTIONS TO JARROD POLSON:
A question was asked about his reaction when he heard about his high school jersey being retired…
What have you guys been working on going into this game?
Cal said that you’ve gotten into the game more recently just because your more confident than a guy like Dominique is at this point. Is that something you’re conscious of when you go in?
Jarrod, I’m sure you’ve answered this… but what does it mean to have your [high school] jersey retired, and Cal’s going to be there with you to see it?
How did you find out about it [his jersey being retired]?
How many jerseys have been retired at your high school?