A few times a season, John Calipari comes up with a catchphrase you know you’ll hear again soon.
This week, it rhymed.
Explaining why Willie Cauley-Stein had practiced well after struggling of late, Coach Cal said it had a lot to do with his willingness to accept coaching. Calipari noted a different look about Cauley-Stein, one that told him the sophomore had heeded his advice that “the smirkin’ ain’t workin’ ” and was fully tuned in to what his coach was saying.
Speaking on Saturday, Cauley-Stein was asked what Coach Cal’s newest creation means.
“I don’t know,” Cauley-Stein said, drawing laughs. “I just look at Cal like I know what he’s talking about.”