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UK Fan of the Day Wants Notes from Cal’s Press Conference


Last night’s loss sucked, but the Kentucky crowd in Stegeman Coliseum did not. I’d estimate that the crowd (which was very sparse on the Georgia side) was about 50% blue, and when the Cats made a rally late in the second half, they made themselves heard with a resounding “GO BIG BLUE” chant. The lady with the poster pictured above was particularly awesome. She said she wanted to get a fat head made of her own herself but ran out of time, so she decided to make this sign so her mother could spot her in the crowd.

Cal met with the media this afternoon to preview tomorrow’s do-or-die game against Florida. Here are some soundbites:

“It’s a one-game season and it will be from here on out.”

Cal always has a theme. Today’s was that the Cats have a “one-game season” left to prove themselves to the Selection Committee and keep playing. He downplayed the notion that if Kentucky had won at Georgia last night they would be in: “To be truthful, even if we beat Georgia, we still had to win this game.”

Survival Mode

The staff has been high on the “one game at a time” mentality all season, but perhaps the sense of urgency brought on by recent losses will shake them out of their slump. Cal compared the Cats’ plight to a person drowning: “If I go under again, I’m going to drown.” Kentucky only has two options right now: deal with the adversity or, simply put, “die.”

“We’re up against it. Are you willing to ball?”

If this group fails and crumbles under the pressure? Then maybe they’re not supposed to be here. “When this type of game comes, this is what playing at Kentucky is all about. Go ball.”

Few things have helped this group more this season than the Rupp Arena crowd. Cal said he’s not worried that the noon tip time will damper the crowd’s enthusiasm: “They’ll be there. I’m not worried about our crowd. That’s the least of my worries.”

Jarrod Polson and Jon Hood graduating

One unexpected bit of news from Cal was that redshirt junior Jon Hood and junior Jarrod Polson will also be graduating this year, along with undergrad assistant Marquis Estill. It’s still unknown whether or not they will join Julius Mays and Twany Beckham in the Senior Day festivities.

UPDATE: A UK spokesman says that while Hood, Polson and Estill are on track to graduate this May, only Beckham and Mays are participating in Senior Day ceremonies.

On today’s show, Tom Leach joined Ryan in-studio to discuss the meltdown in Athens and what it means for Kentucky’s Tournament chances. Listen online at

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10 Comments for UK Fan of the Day Wants Notes from Cal’s Press Conference

  1. Gimp419
    4:47 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Well if Hood and Polson participate in SR. Day then UK will have an 8 man class for 2013…and that is nutz! May not win every game every year but you’ve got to admit it’s so much fun to watch Cal work his magic with recruits.

  2. Championship Ring
    4:49 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    You guys dont want to hang around for extra bling next year

  3. UK Freshmen
    4:52 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    If the world’s greatest recruiter can’t recruit a team that ‘buys-in’, then what are you paying for? Looks like Cal is counting on the fans Saturday. I hope they come through or under the bus they too go.

  4. Ryan
    4:59 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Jesus Christ…..only a fat head? Never mind the fact you can barely fit in the seat.

  5. 3 fan
    5:08 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    First step in Hood leaving. Polson may stick around.

  6. So
    5:18 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    So does that meam hood and polson will start? Hope so.

  7. kramer
    5:37 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I live here in Louisville and the popular thing with all these red fans around here is that Cal is a horrible coach. OK tell me this if he is so terrible, that he can’t develope players and all, how is it that he has coached UK for 3 yrs, 1 championship. Pitino has been here for 10, 11 yrs and 0 championships, but he is a great coach. I had to vent, sorry, it sucks living around here when you have 1 perspective on teams at drive time.

  8. RealCatsFan
    8:23 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Seems to me that just a few short years ago many UL fans were calling for Pitino’s head after early round losses to USC and Morehead St. I remember UL being in the NIT and on the bubble during Pitino’s tenure at UL. In fact, until they went on their run late in the season last year, there were a few UL fans who said they were done with Pitino.

    UK Freshmen, come on here and troll when your Cards have managed to break that 27 year streak of no NCAA titles. Until then, you don’t know squat about coaching.

  9. schwing
    9:11 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    maybe take a walk around the neighborhood after dinner, you lazy POS.

  10. Rich
    9:53 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Look at the size of those balls!