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A little Friday afternoon Calipari video

I was just going to write a recap of Cal’s comments to the media but then I remembered that some people like seeing Coach in his bathrobe. This one’s for you, folks.

– Beisner just addressed this, but I’ll repeat it. As of today, Cal said that he would not recommend that any of the players on the roster enter their name into the NBA draft. With last year serving as good evidence, we know that Cal is a pretty straight shooter in this department. If he thinks you’re ready then he’ll say so. He’s not just going to deny UK potential ‘greatest days in program history’ to get a few players to return to school.

– Rightfully so, Cal talked about this team’s struggles in preventing offensive rebounds and closing down the stretch. He denied the assertion that it might just be unlucky and said that it’s about aggression and players that expect to win. He said that every player was expecting someone else to do something at the end of the game.

“You gotta try harder than the other guy’s trying.” I think that one is pretty self-explanatory. Chris Warren, Trey Thompkins and John Jenkins are exhibits 1a, 1b and 1c.

– Cal said that they told DeAndre that he can’t be waving his arms anymore because the refs are going to keep giving him technicals if he’s making a big show. In his defense, he has a newborn son.

– In terms of crappy road play, Cal said that his teams have, historically, played tougher on the road. He said that those teams went into an opposing arena intent on ruining the other team’s weekend. This team doesn’t have that mentality.

– Cal cited better preparation as one thing he’s battling for right now. He said that he had to get on the team during the shoot around before the Arkansas game and that needs to change.

In the end, Cal said that he wants the team to be rougher. I think we can all agree with that.

Go Cats!

Article written by Matthew Hays

47 Comments for A little Friday afternoon Calipari video

  1. Cat fan33
    4:11 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t believe it would have taken a fortune teller to decide about last year’s members.

  2. Burlington_UK_fan
    4:11 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Liggins has a kid???

  3. Mr Schwump
    4:18 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Greatest coach with the greatest players at the greatest university in the greatest state in the greatest conutry in the world.

  4. CM
    4:20 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Just a thought and I know it’s hypothetical. “IF” no one jumped early how would that work out with the scholarship situation. Wouldn’t we only be losing one, Jorts?

  5. Jason
    4:20 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    FYI that’s a towel not a bath robe.

  6. KSR Spy
    4:21 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    #2 – Yes Liggins just had a kid recently. Think that was why the couple of games before this one he seemed tired. I can attest that practicing, going to school, and taking care of a newborn will leave you in “zombie mode”

  7. Scared to be a fan
    4:27 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    4 – Yes…but we currently only have 10 scholarship players. Polson would probably move to walk on status.

  8. truBLU
    4:28 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    #5 Doesn’t laugh very much folks.

  9. Burlington_UK_fan
    4:28 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    6. Taking care of just kids can leave you in zombie mode. I have 2 children under 5. I can only imagine having to go to school and play basketball in addition to that.

  10. westkycat
    4:28 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink Posted this earlier didnt see it in comments, don’t know if it worked or not. Just stumbled on this Northern Cal. kid. This really is a big blue nation. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing go to 5:45 mark and listen to dad.

  11. Lysol
    4:33 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    I like the camera angle, Prince looking over Cal’s shoulder

  12. Mr Schwump
    4:33 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Liggins should name his kid Techinal.

  13. Mr Schwump
    4:35 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Obviously I meant Liggins should name his kid Technical.

  14. Miller
    4:38 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Once again, is there any Calipari ass kisser out there that can explain to me why when Gillispie said we needed to be tougher he was an idiot but when Cal says it he’s a genius?

  15. UK4eva-n-eva
    4:38 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    i like Tech … Tech Liggins .. that name has some star power

  16. gahhub
    4:42 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    2010-2011 cats are turble

  17. thatsashame
    4:43 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Seriously Miller (14)? If you can’t see the difference between Cal and Billy then no one on here is going to be able to explain it you. NO ONE!

  18. MNCAT
    4:47 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe Cal should hire BCG as a consultant for the last two weeks of the season.

  19. texasmug
    4:57 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Tayshaun is focused the whole interview

  20. 4-8-15-16-23-42
    5:02 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    14) because the ONLY explanation BCG had when the team lost was to be tougher…we just got our butt whooped, we need to be tougher. The guy was terrible. Practicing on game days, crazy substitutuion patterns, putting players in bathroom stalls. When Cal says it, I believe him because he can actually breakdown a game and situations to give an explanation. BCG could/would never do that.

  21. hersheyisabear
    5:07 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    If the team has not improved yet they are not going too. Lets just hope they can win out and get a somewhat decent seed and make a run in the big dance. Go Cats!

  22. hitthedeck
    5:09 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    congrats to my boy DeAndre

  23. taninflorida
    5:15 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    How can you not like Cal after listening to that. Don’t think he threw anyone under he bus, just telling it like it is.

  24. taninflorida
    5:16 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    “the” bus

  25. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    5:19 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe the players should stop listening to people telling them it’s just a game when they are planning to make it a career.

    Ha! Let that one sink in for a bit.

  26. Blueburg
    5:21 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Toughness is such a relative term. I kinda unnderstand what he’s tryin to say but I wonder if these kids are understanding what he means. It all just comes down to being able to stay focused no matter what the crowd and referees are doin. At Rupp (so far) you’d think these kids are tough but again it’s at Rupp so how tough is that. But then on the road we get down but then we pull it back up even appearing to be tough, but then somehow we let it slip thru our hands. I don’t know I think our offense has become so predictable and we are so worn down by the end of the game it becomes more about strategy (or the lack thereof) and endurance. I’m not sure toughness is as much as it is as it could just be that for whatever reason, we just don’t have enough guys to stay with or out duel other really good teams. He mentions “competing” and we are. We’re barely losing most of these games. But we just haven’t been able to close the deal on the road. And unfortunately that is a confidence problem which doesn’t seem to be a priority right now.

  27. Chris Collinsworth
    5:25 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    We only need this team to be 5 % tougher.

  28. Jacocat
    5:31 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    There is an old saying– The harder you work the luckier you get.

  29. Tickets for Florida Game
    5:35 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Live in Louisville and trying to sell my tickets for the game tomorrow, can’t go because of work. Upper level anyone interested?

  30. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    5:37 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    2010-2011 Player Breakdown (so far):

    Doron Lamb
    Pro: Fantastic Shooter
    Con: Consistently Get’s Out Hustled

    Terrence Jones
    Pro: Great One on One Player
    Con: We Aren’t Playing One on One
    Consistently Get’s Out Hustled IF He Hasn’t Scored Within 2 Minutes

    Brandon Knight
    Pro: Gritty Scorer
    Con: Not a Point Guard (shooting guard mentality)

    Deandre Liggins
    Pro: Energy of the Group
    Con: Seems To Be Forgetting His Playmaking Abilities (As a Passer) As Cal Asks Him To Score More

    Darius Miller
    Pro: Which Darius Will Appear Tonight?
    Con: Which Darius Will Appear Tonight?

    Josh Harrellson
    Pro: Consistently Brings An Aggressive Attitude to Each Game
    Con: Won’t Shoot A Wide Open 3 (When Ark gave it to him multiple times)… Calipari? Beuller? Anyone?

  31. Nice...
    5:37 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    28) I’ve always heard “the more you practice the luckier you get.” Same idea, but either way, it is SO true.

  32. Bledoe's Biceps
    5:43 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    I still hope some things “click” with this team, but I don’t expect it at this point in the season. I think Cal lacked a major motivational tool this year and it has contributed to the lack of improvement. Since there is no bench depth, Cal has not had the ability to sit the main guys when they don’t execute as needed.

  33. klr
    5:46 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    “guys” has no apostrophe Mr. Hays. They aren’t showing posession.

  34. UK4eva-n-eva
    5:58 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Tayshaun is MESMERIZED ….

  35. UK4Life01
    6:13 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    @29 email me [email protected] about Tix, Im in the Highlands

  36. Big Blue Swagger
    6:14 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    TechniCAL Liggins does have a nice ring to it!

  37. ice
    6:16 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    #24 – maybe “his” bus?

  38. Die Nasty Defender
    6:17 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink


  39. Gillispie
    6:18 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    That’s what I tried to tell them two years ago… Not tough enough.

  40. Assistant Coach
    6:23 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Exhibit 1d – Chandler Parsons. If we make a concetrated effort to keep him off the offensive boards and are successful in doing so, we win Saturday.

  41. Jan1228
    6:24 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Dear #33. An apostrope also indicates a contraction…as in “the other guy IS trying.”
    Mr. Hays not only knows UK b-ball, he also knows grammar. Thanks for your attention.

  42. Gato Salvaje
    7:05 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Nice breakdown #30. I wonder if Cal told Jorts not to shoot outside of 5 feet, because earlier in the season Jorts either shot or at least made a pump fake – now it is 100% clear that he does not intend to shoot unless he is right under the goal. Personally, I have more confidence in Jorts shooting from the outside than Jones, and if Jorts took and made a shot or two, you would think it would open up the paint a bit for others (as his defender would be forced to come out to guard him).

  43. What?
    7:16 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    #30…not sure Jones is a great one on one player unless A) only going left and B) doesn’t get his shot blocked!

    Also, Jones needs to stay down low instead of wanting the ball 25 ft away from the goal! He’s a PF, not a PG!

    It’ll either click for this group or it won’t…so far, it hasn’t. Cal did a pretty good job explaining things I think…looks like it’s on the players to change or keep getting the same results.

    IDK…seems pretty clear and easy to me…I play hard and for 40 min…got a better shot at winning this game! Are they tired? I don’t think so…19 and a couple games a week, all the time outs and stuff…not sure how they could be tired? I think it’s on them at this point and if they decide to listen to their coach…they would be a tough out in the NCAAs!

  44. old_school
    10:31 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Liggins has a kid?
    Is he actually helping raise it?
    Has he moved out of Wildcat Lodge or he simply following in the foosteps of Sean Kemp?

    If he is a responsible father – and not just a sperm donor – then Liggins probably needs to see about how he can make money playing ball – either here or overseas next season – or he’ll seriously think about returning for his senior season and hopefully be serious about academics so he can earn his degree.

  45. BCO
    1:57 am February 26, 2011 Permalink

    14)…because Gillispie was an idiot and Calipari is a genius.

    Honestly there is no comparison. And if you think there is, you must have been one of the ones to defend Billy G til the end. If you think this program was better under BCG than Cal, then you are smoking crack. Thats the bottom line.

  46. tom9698
    11:28 am February 26, 2011 Permalink

    10) What an awesome video !!!!! That kid could play for us Just to watch him workout and see all of the drills that he’s doing at his age is unbelievable.I wonder if they can get him doing advanced courses so he can graduate from school early.To hear this kid speak of wanting to go to Kentucky University and John Wall is his favorite player is the best part.GBB

  47. RealTalk
    12:52 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    #44- WIN.