UK "Unforgettable" Sean Woods, who will face his alma mater Wednesday as the new head coach at Morehead State, used Kentucky's current players as an example in describing what bothers him about today's youth.
MOREHEAD, Ky. - What former Kentucky Wildcat Sean Woods said about UK's current players included, "They didn't seem like Kentucky basketball players to me" and "There's just a certain way and a certain look Kentucky basketball players should have and not have such a sense of entitlement."
Woods made those comments during a teleconference Monday, which you can listen to by clicking here
. The specific comments regarding Kentucky's players are from 12:40 to 14:32 and also from 17:05 to 19:03.
Woods, who is in his first season as Morehead State's head coach, said he was around UK's current players during his participation in the Hurricane Sandy telethon a couple weeks ago and didn't "like the vibe" he got from the players.
A few hours after the remarks, Woods tweeted, "In no way were my comments meant to offend or insult the current players at UK. Simply an observation of today's youth everywhere."
He added in another tweet, "I greatly admire Coach Cal and what he has done for the University of Kentucky and college basketball."
During a teleconference Monday looking ahead to Morehead State's game against Kentucky on Wednesday, Woods was asked if he was aware that UK freshman Willie Cauley-Stein said that he didn't know of Christian Laettner or the shot the former Duke star made to beat Kentucky in overtime of the 1992 East Regional final of the NCAA tournament.
The question clearly struck a nerve with Woods, who made the go-ahead basket that immediately preceded Laettner's game-winner.
That Kentucky team earned the nickname "Unforgettables" for its run in the NCAA tournament led by unheralded, blue-collar players who opted not to leave the program when it was put on probation two years earlier. Subsequently, Woods and fellow teammates Richie Farmer, Deron Feldhaus and John Pelphrey had their jerseys retired.
Woods' response to the question began with how "kids nowadays" don't know the history of the game, which he said is a shame.
That led him to recall his impression of this current roster of UK players. He said we now live in a microwave society, and it's not anyone's fault, but kids are just different today.
Woods said he would bet that outside of the players from the Bluegrass State, none of the other current Wildcats know anything about some of the greats who went before them at UK.
Later in the teleconference, Woods was asked to elaborate on his earlier comments about not liking the vibe he got from the current UK players.
That prompted Woods to talk about how humble he was as a player, and how much of an honor he considered wearing the Kentucky uniform - but that was not the impression he got from today's UK players.
Woods added Kentucky's "one-and-done" players should show more appreciation for they opportunity they've been given to play at UK.