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Willie Cauley-Stein opens up about his injury for CoachCal.com


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All year, the players have taken turns blogging for CoachCal.com, and now, it’s Willie Cauley-Stein’s turn. Willie opens up about his ankle injury, and how tough it was not to be able to play the second half against Louisville and against Michigan. He starts off by telling readers that he’s not sure if he can play on Saturday, but says he is able to put pressure on his ankle now, which he wasn’t able to before. So, that’s a good sign.

My favorite part of the piece is when Willie talks about the celebration after the Michigan win, and how he hobbled onto the court to celebrate with his teammates while trying not to further injure his ankle. Willie said that UK’s run right now shows they’ve got the fight in them to win the National Championship:

We were all just so happy for each other. I know my teammates are all saying they are trying to win it for me, which is cool, but it just shows how much we’ve grown, how much everybody’s really invested in each other. I’ve repeatedly told them coming in I’ve never won a championship before and that was kind of what I was playing for. I wasn’t playing for anything else but to win a championship, so I think that kind of carried over to everybody else. Obviously people think that, but I think there a lot of guys that don’t play for just that. I think that’s why we’ll be down 15 and come back and win every game. That’s just that will to win. That’s that fight in us now.

Willie says he’s excited to go to Dallas, but hopes “it’s better weather this time.” Me too, buddy. It’s an awesome read, so stop what you’re doing and check it out:

[In their own words: From NIT to injury and now Final Four, it’s been a ‘surreal’ ride for Cauley-Stein]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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12 responses to “Willie Cauley-Stein opens up about his injury for CoachCal.com”

  1. Yessir

    We need to find the trainer that nursed Jeff Sheppard’s high ankle sprain back into form in less than a week back in (I think) March 98′. That was miraculous.

    1. Alan Coleman

      I was thinking the same

  2. Cats94

    What an awesome kid… Shame he’s injured. Hope we win it for willie.

  3. symphonist41169

    The only ice in Dallas this time around will be the water running through Aaron Harrison’s veins!

  4. Melvit

    ” Mike actually stayed in the bathroom for the last nine minutes of the game because when he went in there we started making a comeback. When he came out it sort of stopped, so we told him to go back in there and he stayed in there for the rest of the game.”

    Even the players believe in the Mojo.

  5. Howard Miller

    Proud of you Willie and the Big Blue. Lets win the BBN a national championship and hop you get to play. I love the BIG Blue and can’t be no more prouder of what this team has done, so go shock the world!!!

  6. bradsd

    We sure could use has defense against ” Frank the Tank” if he shuts him down they got nothing. As it is, I think he could hurt us and open up some other scores as well.

  7. Liberty

    Willie is a wonderful kid. But nobody, including Willie or Coach Cal, is saying anything about the nature of the ankle injury. Why don’t the reporters at the various conference calls and press conferences and pre and post game radio shows ask some very basic questions? Is is a sprain, and if so, what is the nature of the sprain? Or is it a stress fracture? What did the MRI reveal? What is the estimated recovery time? If Willie does play, is there a chance that the injury might worsen and endanger his ability to play next season? Reporters, do your damn job and get the answers to these basic questions!

    1. Bob Alou

      Liberty, keep your cool and think it through. The details will come out soon enough.
      Why would any team in their right mind provide anymore details (to the world including
      the competition) than is absolutely necessary? You obviously just don’t get it.
      Maybe you’ll figure it out some day. In the meantime, save the indignant tirade.

  8. UKDave

    My wife and I drove up from San Antonio for the “Ice Bowl” game against Baylor but because of a moron driver of an18 wheeler, we finally made it to Jerry World with 5 minutes left in the game, even with lady’s trying to delay the start of the game for us. Once we hit the ice we were going 20 mph at best and the truck that jackknifed blew by us going at least 50 mph. There was only one vehicle between us and the truck when he lost it. We feel very fortunate that we didn’t have more of a problem than that. As we crossed over passes, you could see the back tires of the big rigs leave the ground from the bouncing on the huge chunks of ice and a few times the trailer came very close to taking out a vehicle next to it. All in all the trip should have taken us 4 hours but in the end it took almost 10 hours. But, at least I got to see my Cats for 5 minutes!!!!!! GO CATS!!!!

  9. Ronnie Taylor

    I WILL BE GOING TO TEXAS FOR THE GAME THIS WILL BE MY FIRST TIME TO ATTEND A FINAL 4 I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING KENTUCKY GO ALL THE WAY I WILL SAY THAT I WAS A LOUISVILLE FAN DUE TO ALL THE HELP THEY HAVE GIVEN THE KOSAIR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. BUT I’M ALSO A KENTUCKY BOY WHO BACKS THE WILDCATS GO’ GO’ GO’ WILDCATS.

  10. UKkathy

    I sure do wish Willie could play also, but that’s how it is. And who knows, maybe just maybe (please please please) he will be able to play without any further injury to his ankle. To me, it seems this team is a team of destiny after the well below standard season for UK. If he cannot play, it’s up to the rest of the team to step it up a notch and bring home #9. Good luck and GO CATS!