Remember UofL women’s coach Jeff Walz’s epic rant about participation trophies a few months back? Well, former Kentucky player and current Manhattan coach Steve Masiello went on a similar rant last night after his team lost to Siena, the Jaspers’ third straight loss. Masiello, who was an assistant at Louisville under Rick Pitino before taking the head coaching job at Manhattan in 2011, said his team struggles with adversity because society today — their generation in particular — is “fraudulent.”
We’re a fraudulent society top to bottom. Our society is fraudulent. Everything about our society is edited. Everything about our society is pre-arranged, So this generation is a fraudulent generation.
What I mean by that is they put their Instagram picture up the way they want. They put their tweet out the way they want. Nothing is interactive or real. So when things don’t go the way people want them to – people will struggle with when it’s not 70 degrees and sun and the stars aren’t exactly aligned and it’s not exactly 4 p.m., and they didn’t get exactly eight hours of beauty sleep. Young people today struggle with that. Our society struggles with that. For me, I can’t speak for other coaches. I see it more than ever when adversity comes in, people struggle.
They’re not bad kids. This might be one of my favorite groups I’ve ever had. They struggle with adversity, and that’s a byproduct of our society today. I think we are a reflection of our culture today. Not to get too deep.
The irony of this coming from someone who lied about completing his degree at UK on his resume is rich, but well, it will certainly get people talking.