- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The head coach of the University of Louisville women’s basketball team gave a harsh reality check to his players during a press conference following their recent loss to Maryland: Losers don’t get trophies.

Jeff Walz went on a rant against entitlement culture while speaking to reporters Thursday, attributing his team’s loss to a lack of heart.

“You’ve got to have a will. You’ve got to have a will,” he said. “Right now the generation of kids that are coming through, everybody gets a damn trophy, OK? You finish last, you come home with a trophy. You kidding me? I mean, what’s that teaching kids? It’s OK to lose. And unfortunately, it’s our society. It’s what we’re building for. And it’s not just in basketball; it’s in life. You know, everybody thinks they should get a job. Everybody thinks they should get a good job. No, that’s not the way it works.”

“We’re losers. We got beat,” he continued. “There is no trophy for us. But unfortunately the way these kids are brought up today, there is a trophy. Because nobody wants these kids to get hurt feelings, nobody wants to get their feelings hurt … and I’m trying to explain to our kids, ‘I’m trying to prepare you for the real world. Because when you go to get a job, there’s competition. And what are you going to do to stand out?’ But unfortunately, we’re not preparing these kids, before they get to us at least, to be ready for that.”

Mr. Walz’s rant apparently lit a fire under his team — his seventh-ranked Cardinals clinched an overtime win over rival Kentucky on Sunday.

Myisha Hines-Allen said she agreed with her coach’s comments.

“We all took it to heart,” she said, the Associated Press reported. “We knew we had Kentucky coming in next, so we had to chew it had to take it and come ready to play. It started in practice because we had energy that next day. He was completely right.”

Mr. Walz had nothing but praise for his team after their win.

“We fought, which I was proud of,” he said. “I stand 100 percent behind my postgame comments, which I never believed would get to where it was. Let’s not be so sensitive.”

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