By LARRY VAUGHT
It’s not unusual for Kentucky coach John Calipari to pose questions to media members to help emphasize a point he wants to make. He did it again after Saturday’s win over Florida.
“Now let me ask you. We don’t do long film sessions? Why is that? Attention span. It’s eight minutes. Come on. Unless they’re watching themselves. They’ll go four straight hours and won’t go to the bathroom,” he joked. “So you can make that as long as you want. But if it’s having to do the other stuff, they can’t. ”
Calipari later admitted players never have had long attention spans when it comes to film study during his coaching career.
“I’ve never had long film sessions. I don’t give them scouting reports. Do you know why I don’t give them a scouting report of the other team? I want them to know our stuff. Now I’m going to have them learn their stuff?” Calipari said.
“My managers know all the other team’s stuff. They go through it. My team plays their stuff. They don’t have to remember. There is actions they got to remember. And the whole time is, how do I get my guys free mentally. Fresh legs and fresh minds in March. That’s what wins.”
“Fresh minds means I’m not overwhelming them with two-hour film sessions or with big long scouting reports and overdoing this. They got to feel free and fresh going into March,” Calipari said. “And you know, to be honest — and I probably said this last time — about three weeks ago, four weeks ago, I thought we may have maxed out. I’m like, I don’t know if I can get anything more out of this group. I told the team that.”
Now he obviously thinks there’s more this team can do. Kentucky has gone from being two games out of first place in the SEC race to having a two-game edge over Auburn and LSU with four games left. If UK beats Auburn and Tennessee in Rupp Arena the worst the Cats can do is share the league title with LSU and then UK still gets the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament because of its win over LSU last week.
“Well, one of the things I’m doing, I’m starting to work out with a couple of the players. There are four guys that I’m doing individuals with myself,” Calipari said without naming the players. “And the reason is, I want them to understand I am for them, I am invested in them, I love you, I want you to do well. Let’s got some work. So I’m touching them more. ”