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MEDIA AVAILABILITY WITH JOHN CALIPARI:
ON RYAN HARROW'S STATUS:
“I guess better. He's at an academic meeting. He'll be at practice today. But I guess better. He's lost weight. He's got to get some weight back (and we'll) see from there.”
WAS THERE EVER A DEFINITIVE CONCLUSIONS ON WHAT WAS WRONG WITH HARROW?
“They don't know. All they're saying is he's lost seven pounds and must have had something going on. They don't know what it was. But we will see.”
HE DOESN'T HAVE MUCH WEIGHT TO LOSE DOES HE?
“No. He looked thin. He looks thin. That's why I said, I don't know. I want to see him in a practice setting and start figuring out what we do, what's the timetable.”
DOES HARROW'S ABSENCE HELP BUILD DEPTH FOR DOWN THE ROAD?
“Yeah, but I'd rather have him. That stuff gives guys an opportunity. Any time you have injuries or things of that nature, things happen on your team. Maybe you didn't know or you're surprised, but the reality of it is you'd rather go through without that kind of stuff.”
IF HARROW WAS READY TODAY HOW MUCH GROUND WOULD HE HAVE TO MAKE UP?
“Obviously, he's the low man on the totem pole. He's got to start from behind. That ain't all bad for him either because now he's going to have to fight for time. He's behind everybody, which means you've got to earn it in practice. It's not all bad.”
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF SEAN WOODS' COMMENTS ABOUT YOUR PLAYERS?
“At the telethon and whatever these guys have done, they were hugging volunteers, so I don't know where he got that. Maybe someone didn't know him or something. I don't know. But I love what our kids are about, what they've done academically, what they do in the community. Being here is a big deal. It's hard to deal with all the stuff that goes around, but these guys seem to do it pretty well.
“You guys know I don't deal with all that stuff. Someone said something to me about it, and I just said, 'What?'”
ARE WOODS' COMMENTS DISAPPOINTING BECAUSE OF HOW YOU HAVE REACHED OUT TO FORMER UK PLAYERS?
“Knowing Sean, I figured he misspoke. I chalk it up to that, and I move on. I'm not taking it personal.
“Our kids, you may have talked to them, I bet you half of them didn't even know he said anything. Look, this program, you know how much is said about this program and me personally? Oh my gosh. You'd think I look like that (makes devil horns with his fingers). I mean, I don't listen to it. Then the other stuff is I walk on water. Guess what? I don't. I'm a regular guy, a sinner like everybody else. I try to do my job. I don't buy into all that stuff. Say what you want, 50 years from now people will evaluate the jobs we've done, where we've been and that's all I can count on.”
IS YOUR TEAM READY FOR MOREHEAD'S DEFENSIVE PRESSURE?
“We're not. We're not prepared. They'll scramble, and if the game is allowed to be physical, they'll turn us over a bunch. But it's what we need. It's not how much have we worked on press attack. We're still trying to get them to play hard. We're trying to get them to play a full possession. We started working on situations yesterday, yesterday. That was just very average, what we did. So, we've got to continue from this point on working on all some specialty things, but we still have the basics we've got to get better at. The only way you create habits is do something every day. Well, if you do everything that we have to improve on every day, we'll have a nine hour practice. So, we are where we are right now.”
DOES MOREHEAD PLAY A STYLE THAT YOU MAKES HARROW'S ABSENCE STAND OUT MORE?
“Doesn't matter. We need to be pressed, played physical and let's see what we're about, if we'll be strong with the ball, if we'll come to jump stops, if we'll come back and meet passes, if we'll make the extra pass. We'll find out. This is all learning. We could have 30 turnovers and they beat our brains in. It could happen. We're a young team. We don't even know how to respond to stuff.”
ARE YOU CLOSER TO FIGURING OUT HOW THIS TEAM WILL PLAY?
“No, because we’ve got to get through games and play people. The Duke game we learned some stuff. Maryland, we learned some stuff. Lafayette, we learned some stuff. Now we’ve put in our presses. We just put them in. So now we have our presses, two of our presses in. They’re not very good, but they’re in. So now we can press. Couldn’t press before. We have some zone stuff in, so both the zone defense and zone offense. So now, it’s not very good, but we can do it. Our press attack is in; it’s not very good, but it’s in. And now we’ve got to find out what we like about what we’re doing and what we’ll change. You just, you put it in, you go with it; if you like it, fine; if you don’t … We’re playing different than we played a year ago. I like my team, but this will be a great test. They’re all teams that are different, and that’s what we need.”
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Matt May on 11/20/2012 at 2:17 PM
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