Former football coach Lou Holtz says he has COVID-19

Ruben Hill
November 22, 2020

Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz is getting over COVID-19 after testing positive, he said Thursday. We've looked at all those recommendations. More recently, the champion coach has made a name for himself as one of President Trump's most outspoken supporters. And the football is obvious, he was a great coach, but what he's done beyond even coaching.

Holtz also drew criticism earlier this year after calling then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden "Catholic in name only". He spent 11 seasons at Notre Dame from 1986-1996 and had a career record of 110-30-2 with the Fighting Irish.

The West Virginia native was among speakers at September's Republican National Convention.

The president of the University of Notre Dame, John I. Jenkins, warned after the speech that "we must never question the sincerity of another's faith".

Holtz is not the first legendary former college football coach to reveal a COVID-19 diagnosis. He retired from coaching in 2004, after being with various teams, including William & Mary, North Carolina State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Notre Dame, South Carolina and in the National Football League with the New York Jets.

"Let's move on with our life", he told Fox News. But Holtz already recovering is a positive sign.

He is the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings. He compared playing the season to the World War II storming of Normandy in a Fox News appearance.

He ended his career at the University of SC, where he was head coach for six seasons from 1999-2004.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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