As college football struggles to continue their uphill battle of keeping everyone safe agains the global pandemic, legendary coaching figure Lou Holtz has said he has the virus.
The former Notre Dame and South Carolina coach told a South Carolina TV station that he’s been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Holtz, 83, told ABC Columbia, “I don’t have a lot of energy right now.”
The coach, who won two national titles (Arkansas and Notre Dame), favors continuing to play the college football schedule despite the pandemic.
He underscored that opinion to Fox News’ Bill Hemmer in August.
“When they stormed Normandy, they knew that there were going to be casualties, there was gonna be risk,” Holtz said at the time. “Two percent of the people that go to the emergency room go for COVID-19. But young people, Bill, they think it’s like cancer. They think they’re gonna die.”
Holtz won more than 65% of his games during a 33-year college coaching career. He also coached NFL’s New York Jets to a 3-10 record in 1976 before resigning prior to the season’s final game. He ended his coaching career after the last of six seasons at South Carolina in 2004.
Holtz supports President Trump and is to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
He called Joe Biden a “Catholic in name only” during a speech at the Republican National Convention, drawing the ire of the Notre Dame president, Father John Jenkins.
“While Coach Lou Holtz is a former coach at Notre Dame, his use of the University’s name at the Republican National Convention must not be taken to imply that the university endorses his views, any candidate or any political party,” Jenkins said.
“Moreover, we Catholics should remind ourselves that while we may judge the objective moral quality of another’s actions, we must never question the sincerity of another’s faith.”