Kentucky Wildcats TV have posted their pre-SEC tournament UK videos. First up is Coach Cal’s press conference where he addresses questions from the media. Following Cal’s press conference are player interview videos featuring Julius Randle and James Young. As usual, below each video you’ll find our rough transcripts of the questions the media asked the coach and players.
QUESTIONS TO COACH CAL:
What’s the tweak?
Are you going to quiz us after the game [about what the tweak was]?
James said whatever it was improved the passing… [cut off by Cal]
You said the tweak, if I heard you right, changed how they thought. From what to what?
Cal, how often have you apologized to the team for something that…?
What made you pinpoint it [a.k.a. implement the “tweak”] at this point?
Have you had a team before where you made a change this late in the season?
QUESTIONS TO JULIUS RANDLE:
What is your obvious reaction to being named the SEC freshman of the year?
So what’s this little tweak you guys have put in?
Is it [the tweak] a little thing or a big thing?
We’re not getting nothin’, are we [regarding the tweak]?
What sort of punishment would happen to a guy that said “OK, this is what it is…”?
How about practice yesterday, Julius? Cal on his radio show was talking about football helmets and pads. Did he mean that literally, or was that just to make a point?
We’re getting nothin’, are we?
What good can that do [practicing/playing more physical]?
What sort of difference do you see in how the games are officiated from the beginning of the season to the last week or so?
Can you guys change that much in 3 or 4 days of practice?
Traditionally, Cal’s had a lack of desire for playing in the SEC tournament. Do you guys see this as something, though, that you want to go out there and win–that if you’ve got to be apart of it, you might as well go out there and win the whole thing?
QUESTIONS TO JAMES YOUNG:
What have you guys been working on in practice?
Did you all practice with football pads on and helmets?
James, I got in a little late… What can you tell us about the tweak?
Is it more schematics than with the way the offense is run, the personnel, or can you tell us that much?
Do you think it’ll help your all’s confidence?
What about the football pads? Have you mentioned anything about that yet? The talk of helmets and pads… was that literally?
Do you feel like you maybe hadn’t met that physical challenge in recent match-ups?
You know Cal has traditionally not been one to really hide his dislike of playing in SEC tournaments sometimes, you know, he’d rather just kind of move on to the big one. What do you all see as this opportunity, though, to kind of get back? Julius mentioned that if we’re going to play this thing, we had might as well win it all.