Lou Holtz, 83, tests positive for COVID-19

Paola Ditto
Novembre 22, 2020

Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz has tested positive for the coronavirus.

At 83, Holtz - known for his college football analyst role and coaching stints at Notre Dame and SC - confirmed the news to Mike Gillespie of ABC Columbia.

Holtz, 83, confirmed to ABC Columbia that he is recovering from the virus, sharing that "I don't have a lot of energy right now". He spent 11 seasons at Notre Dame from 1986-1996 and had a career record of 110-30-2 with the Fighting Irish.

He also coached in the National Football League with the New York Jets in 1976. He has worked for ESPN and campaigned for President Donald Trump. "So Lou will be getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom", Trump said at the time.

Holtz also had a brief run as head coach of the NFL's New York Jets, producing a 3-10 record in 1976. He also coached SC and left the coaching ranks in 2004.

Notre Dame's president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, later issued a statement admonishing the former coach for using the university's name in his remarks, saying it "must not be taken to imply" that Notre Dame endorses Holtz's views, any candidate or any political party. Holtz's 1988 team went 12-0 and won the Fiesta Bowl to end the season as the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25.

The team stagnated to a degree the next three seasons, and his tenure ended with the famed fight against Clemson in 2004 and the team declining the chance to go to a bowl. After the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences announced that they were postponing their college football schedules over the summer amid the ongoing pandemic, Holtz criticized the move and compared players to USA soldiers in World War II. He also spoke at a luncheon at the 2016 RNC.

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