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Cardinals coach goes off on participation trophies

Published on: 2016-12-10 16:40:20

USA Today, December 3, 2016 -- Louisville women's head coach Jeff Walz was not pleased with how his team played on Thursday night in a loss to Maryland, citing problems winning games down the stretch.

The real problem, he says? Participation trophies. Take it away, Coach:

"Right now, the generation of kids that are coming through, everybody gets a damn trophy, okay? You finish last, you come home with a trophy. You kidding me? What's that teaching kids? It's okay 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. Everybody thinks they should get a job. Everybody thinks they should get a good job. No, that's not the way it works. But unfortunately, that's what we are preparing for. Because you finish fifth, you walk home with this nice trophy, parents are all excited? No.

"I mean, not to be too blunt, but you're a loser. Like, we're losers, we got beat. So you lost. There is no trophy for us."

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