Former South Carolina coach Lou Holtz tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Holtz 83 has tested positive for COVID-19. AP

Former Notre Dame and SC coach Lou Holtz has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

At 83, Holtz - known for his college football analyst role and coaching stints at Notre Dame and SC - confirmed the news to Mike Gillespie of ABC Columbia.

"I don't have a lot of energy right now", Holtz told the ABC station.

Holtz coached football at Notre Dame and led them to their last national championship in 1988. He's also had stops at William & Mary, Arkansas, Minnesota and North Carolina State. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump earlier this year. "So Lou will be getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom", Trump said at the time.

Holtz is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. USC was 0-11 in Year 1 under Holtz, and he turned things around to win 17 games and a pair of bowls the next two seasons.

During the campaign, Holtz was asked why he chose to hit the trail for Trump. In a speech at the Republican National Convention in August, the coach called Biden's presidential ticket "the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history".

At South Carolina, Holtz finished with a 33-37 mark in six seasons. After the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences announced that they were postponing their college football schedules over the summer amid the ongoing pandemic, Holtz criticized the move and compared players to US soldiers in World War II.

"When they stormed Normandy, they knew that there were going to be casualties, there was gonna be risk", Holtz continued.

As of Thursday afternoon, 15 games scheduled for Week 12 of the college football season have been canceled or postponed because of coronavirus cases.



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