I'm going to be the one who pivots and (somewhat) disagrees with your post (hey, that's what this message board is for, right!?)
Man, I have so much to unpack here. (And none of this is meant to be personal... just a reaction to the post above.)
First off, what is the love affair with comparing different generations and their equivalent suffering? Isn't it a little silly to think that the generations following our own "should" experience terrible adversity and adverse situations simply because we did? And isn't it a bit short-sighted to think that they aren't? Life is beautiful and it sucks. This is as true now as it was back then, and then, and then, and the 'then' before then. Sure, kids have the internet and iPads now. So? They're still experiencing hardships and challenges that we didn't when we were kids. Things shift, evolve, and hopefully progress as we move forward.
The hypersensitivity can equally be placed on the older generations, who might feel like their trials and tribulations aren't being recognized enough.
The "participation ribbon/coddled to" comments are always laughable to me. Who is doing that? The kids? Are the 5 year olds getting together, creating a youth soccer/basketball/football league, writing up the bylaws, creating a schedule, organizing the whole thing with games and instruction, simply so they can play to a tie and hand out ribbons (that they saved up money from their piggy banks to get)?? Who is doing the coddling?
What I gleaned from the Gard/Wisconsin situation wasn't the seniors being babies. It was a lack of communication and trust. These things run both ways. Of course the players should be held accountable to their actions. They should be able to withstand adversity and "take it on the chin" every so often. But so should the coaches and instructors that lead them. A good locker room is built on a foundation of 'us' and not 'you'. It looks like that foundation was cracking up there.
Simply look at what Coach Allen* is doing here at IU. Many/Most(?...but not all, to be fair) of his players would run through a brick wall for him. He has earned their trust because he has been open and honest with them. People want to play for him because he says what he means and means what he says. At the end of the day, it's not just about coach/player; it's a human-human connection and relationship. [*Coach Woodson as well, although obviously early in his IU career.]
Do I think Coach Gard should be run out of Madison because of this conversation? Of course not. He rubbed the players the wrong way. So be it. Hopefully it's a learning experience for everyone involved.
Now do I think Coach Gard should be run out of Madison because IU consistently whips his team's ass like it's the 1980s? Hell yes.