Brooks blistered his team for its play against Louisville and then LSU?in 2006 during press conferences. It said the way his team played was unacceptable. Phillips has not done that, or at least not publicly. Instead, he's pleaded for patience with his team.
"It just differs between players. Everybody's personality is different. Some things get guys going and other things get other guys going," Woodson said. "Joker definitely, believe me, has been getting into them a lot. He doesn't do it in a press conference. He has been getting across the point that we have to get it going, we really have to study, we have to understand what we are doing.
"I really believe these players are doing the right thing right now. They are trying not to be frustrated and not give in to anything. They are doing a good job sticking together and saying what it is going to take. We have to continue to practice and get them reps, so when it is time to play ball they know exactly what they are doing and doing the right things."
Kentucky's problem is the schedule. The Cats host Florida Saturday and then go to LSU and South Carolina, not exactly the best way to wipe out the memory of the loss to Louisville.
"The next three games will be tough. We have Florida that we have not beaten in 24 years. Then we have to go on the road to LSU and South Carolina, which has obviously been waiting on us since last year (when UK won)," Woodson said. "It will be tough. Every week in the SEC is tough. These guys are up for it. That's why you come to the SEC. That's why you play these games.
"The guys, all they can do right now is just continue to prepare, learn and get better. Whether or not I?need to make a speech with Morgan and a couple of other guys and tell them I have been through the same path and gone through the same things, I don't know. I?think Morgan gets it. He has been learning and understands what it is going to take. Right now he is doing a good job responding and I am confident others are going to do the same, too."