Lou Holtz leaves Notre Dame with a bang

On November 23, 1996, legendary college football coach Lou Holtz, who had announced his retirement from Notre Dame earlier in the week, headed the team for his last home game.

The Fighting Irish smashed the Scarlet Knights from Rutgers University in a 62-0 win in South Bend, Indiana. The game is also remembered as Holtz’s 100th win as head coach at Notre Dame. The game was followed by a farewell speech delivered by the beloved coach.

Holtz has the fifth most bowl wins of any college coach. He led his teams to 12 wins out of his 22 appearances. The coaches who have more college bowl wins than him are Mack Brown from Texas with 13, Mack Brown from Alabama with 15, Bobby Bowden from Florida State with 22 and Joe Paterno from Penn State with 24.

Holtz was not able to stay away from coaching college ball. He made a comeback with South Carolina in ’99. The team went to the Outback Bowl and won both times.

Over his career Holtz gathered 249 wins and suffered 132 losses and had seven ties.

“You aren’t going to find anybody that’s going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance.” -Lou Holtz

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