Fluff that hair, Coach
Cal was on fire during his pre-Texas A&M presser today. Hit play and read the headlines from it below.
Willie Cauley Stein will be a gametime decision
Cal said that Willie will travel with the team to College Station and will be a gametime decision.
Kentucky had the wrong guy on Elston Turner last time
Archie Goodwin told reporters that he would guard Elston Turner this go around, which Cal would neither confirm nor deny. All he would say was “I know there’s one guy not going near him,” referring to Alex Poythress’ poor defense on Turner last time.
Nerlens Noel is the only player on the team with the will to win
Cal talked at length about the will to win, which he says only one player on this team has right now: Nerlens Noel. The will to win means you’re not afraid to take the game-winning shot because you’re not afraid to miss it. Cal said that last year, they had three or four guys with the will to win, and that was what took them to the National Championship. Right now? “We are what we are.”
Cal is teaching life lessons
Cal’s theme this week: teaching life lessons. Because of this team’s youth and inexperience, Cal has found himself teaching life lessons to the players and transferring those on to the court. Example: If things aren’t going well in your life, take the next right step. Basketball translation: If you miss a shot, go back and play hard on defense. Example 2: Separate yourself from negativity. Basketball translation: Don’t listen to criticism from the media and eliminate distractions. Cal said the team is having 15-minute meetings each night to discuss these life lessons, which I can only hope include heart to hearts on cuffing and proper hygiene.
Jerry Tipton has white wine muscles
The best part of the whole presser was when Cal used the term “beer muscles” to describe Elston Turner’s 40-point performance against the Cats the last time they played:
Cal: “We had the wrong guy on him and the kid gets going and now he’s got beer muscles. All of a sudden he’s making every shot. “Beer muscles” means Jerry that you’re a weakling and when you get beers in you, you want to beat somebody’s brains in that’s a monster. That’s called beer muscles”
Jerry: I’ve got white wine muscles.
(Note to self: do not approach Jerry if he’s had a few Chardonnays.)
Men have to love being around other men
From there, Cal was on a roll. He went on a rant about how his players have to really love playing basketball in order to make it in the league. That includes loving practice, not complaining about being there early and being sad when you leave. Even more, you have to love being around men all the time. “YOU’RE MEN! YOU LOVE BEING AROUND MEN! IT’S THE BATTLE, THAT’S WHAT IT IS! If you don’t like being around men, then you shouldn’t be in this sport.”
Even Cal admitted he didn’t know where that came from.
— Finally, be sure to get your Friday night started with us as we live blog JoJo Kemp and Jeff Badet’s announcements starting at 6:45 p.m. From everything we’ve heard, they’re both picking the Cats.
On today’s radio show, Matt and guest host Steve Romines talked about the excitement surrounding UK football, including an interview with recruiting guru Justin Rowland. If it doesn’t get you excited for signing day and the Spring Game, I don’t know what will. Have a listen at TalkRadio1080.com.