Legendary college football coach Lou Holtz has confirmed he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Holtz, 83, told ABC Columbia on Thursday that he is recovering from the virus. “I don’t have a lot of energy right now,” said Holtz, who's best known for his 11-year tenure at Notre Dame that included a Fiesta Bowl win and a national championship in the 1988 season.
Since his retirement from coaching in 2004, Holtz has worked as an analyst for ESPN and has made numerous public appearances supporting President Donald Trump.
Over the summer, when the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences announced they were postponing their college football schedules because of the coronavirus pandemic, Holtz strongly objected, comparing players to American soldiers in World War II.
Former football coach, Lou Holtz, speaks remotely during the Republican National Convention on August 26. (Photo: Republican National Convention via USA TODAY Network)
"Let's move on with our life," Holtz said on Fox News. "When they stormed Normandy, they knew there were going to be casualties and there would be risks."
In August, Holtz was a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention, during which he called Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden a "Catholic in name only." His comments were later disavowed by Notre Dame officials, as school president Rev. John Jenkins said Holtz was speaking for himself and not the university.
In September, Trump announced that Holtz would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a president can award.
No date has been set for the ceremony.
In all, Holtz coached for 33 seasons at Notre Dame, South Carolina, Minnesota, Arkansas, North Carolina State and William & Mary. His teams compiled an overall record of 249-132-7. He also spent one season in the NFL as the head coach of the New York Jets, leading the team to a 3-10 mark.
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