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Why Lou Holtz today? Because he did a conference call with media today and you're going to see him in the notebook.
7. Lou Holtz
Before arriving at Notre Dame, Lou Holtz had been the head coach at William & Mary (1969–1971), North Carolina State (1972–1975), Arkansas (1977–1983) and Minnesota (1984–1985), and had fashioned himself as something of a program rebuilder. In 1986 Irish was coming off a 5–6 record, and the worst loss in program history, 58–7 at Miami.
Holtz’s record of 5–6 in ’86 wasn’t an improvement mathematically, but everyone around the program could sense the wheels were in motion. His third year in South Bend (1988) the Fighting Irish won the national championship and he was named coach of the year.
Holtz coached more games (132) than any other coach in school history and won more than any other (100) except Rockne. Holtz coached 14 consensus All-Americans at Notre Dame, and led it to nine straight New Year’s Day Bowl games from 1987 through 1995. Three of his Fighting Irish teams played the nation’s most difficult schedule, and five finished sixth or better in the final Associated Press poll.
Over the course of his career he won 249 games, ranking eighth all-time on the NCAA Division I-A list. Against Top 25 competition he was 32–20–2.
Holtz at Notre Dame (100–30–2)
Year record bowl
1987 8–4 Cotton
1988 12–0 Fiesta
1989 12–1 Orange
1990 9–3 Orange
1991 10–3 Sugar
1992 10–1–1 Cotton
1993 11–1 Cotton
1994 6–5–1 Fiesta
1995 9–3 Orange
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
WHat sticks out to me: 3 - Three-loss teams going to prominent bowls and 1 Five-loss team going to the Fiesta Bowl... can you say NATIONAL BIAS? I dont think you even have to...
Lou was a solid coach, but man I cant stand to listen to that guy talk...
Lou's head is gonna explode on national television after Bama beats the domers
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