Coach Cal was out recruiting today, so Coach Robic took over for him to answer the media’s questions before tomorrow’s match-up against Texas A&M. I’ve been waiting around to post this to see whether or not the player interviews would appear soon, but so far they haven’t… so here’s the video with Robic for now.
QUESTIONS TO COACH ROBIC:
John, where is Coach Cal? [He’s out recruiting].
Jamal Jones, John… What makes him effective?
John, people have talked about changing up the starting lineup. Is there anything else you can do to make them start faster and not get in those holes early?
John when you talk about [Jamal] Jones, how are James Young and Aaron [Harrison] coming along in terms of being perimeter defenders?
Can you talk about Willie [Cauley-Stein] and the problems Willie’s had the last couple of games?
Does he [Willie Cauley-Stein] just have trouble with bigger guys who are athletic?
Is rebounding an effort thing–is that how you look at it?
Were you surprised coming off a game where you lost by not boxing out on the last play, and then the very next game you have so much trouble rebounding the ball?
Is that natural, John [ball watching and not rebounding/boxing out]?
John, at this point, what areas can this team improve the most?
So how has [Willie Cauley-]Stein responded to practices you guys have run through the last couple of practices? I’m assuming he goes up against that physicallity in practice…
John, I remember last year when Elston Turner went off… [Coach Robic says, “He’s not back, is he?”] We asked John about starting Poythress on him as a defender, and he basically said his assistants talked him into it. I’m wondering if that was you?
How extraordinary was that [Elston Turner’s performance against UK last year]–you looked at it again apparently? Was it as extraordinary as it seemed?
James was talking about his shot–some things with his shoulders, some things with landing on one foot–and he said he’s trying to fix all of those things, but he also thinks that maybe he’s over thinking some of that. So how do you change habits in a shot and not make a guy overanalyze?
That shot at Arkansas, he [James Young] said the first one that he missed, he felt his shoulders [were] back, and then he sort of adjusted when he got the ball back. Does that demonstrate some growth from him that he’s aware of all that?
John, Jarrod’s [Polson] minutes have picked up and Dominique’s minutes have gone down. Is there a particular reason–is that just the way they’ve been practicing, or has there been another factor in that?