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Former Notre Dame Coach and ESPN’s Analyst, Lou Holtz, Issues An On-Air Apology For His “Hitler” Remark With Reference To Michigan Coach Rich Rodriguez

Posted on: October 18, 2008

First an unintentional remark, then an under-pressure apology and now a likely time-off from ESPN college football for sometime. This is whats going on in the life of Former Notre Dame and South Carolina coach and “Hall of Fame” ESPN college-football analyst, Lou Holtz.

Lou Holtz had dropped an unnecessary remark about Rich Rodriguez, the University of Michigan coach, which spurred the whole controversy. When asked about the not so impressive start of Rich Rodriguez as the Michigan coach, Holtz had commented “Hitler was a great leader too”. This remark caught the attention of the media and soon spread wide and far.

Considering ESPN’s attitude towards any reference to “Hitler”, Lou Holtz later had to issue an on-air apology during the half time of the game between Georgia Tech and Clemson. Sometime back, ESPN had suspended a columnist called Jemele Hill who compared rooting for the Celtics with rooting for Hitler.

It is to be seen now whether Lou Holtz is also gets a time-off till the dust settles.

Some of Lou Holtz’s quotes:

  • “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song”
  • “A lifetime contract for a coach means if you’re ahead in the third quarter and moving the ball, they can’t fire you
  • “Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired”
  • “Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated”
  • “Don’t be a spectator, don’t let life pass you by”
  • How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser”
  • I can’t believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.
  • “I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions”
  • “I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it”
  • “If he’s got golf clubs in his truck or a camper in his driveway, I don’t hire him”
  • “If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today”
  • “If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn’t make your house look any better”
  • “If you try to fight the course, it will beat you”
  • “If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals”
  • In the successful organization, no detail is too small to escape close attention”
  • “It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test”
  • “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it”
  • “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it”
  • “Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated”
  • No one has ever drowned in sweat”
  • “On this team, we’re all united in a common goal: to keep my job”
  • “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity”
  • “The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it”
  • “The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren’t in a very good mood
  • “When all is said and done, more is said than done”
  • “You’ll never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him”
  • “You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose”

2008 & 2009 Notre Dame Football Schedule:

2008:
6th September     SAN DIEGO STATE
13th September     MICHIGAN
20th September     AT MICHIGAN STATE
27th September     PURDUE
4th October    STANFORD
11th October     AT NORTH CAROLINA
18th October     OPEN DATE
25th October     AT WASHINGTON
1st November    PITTSBURGH
8th November     AT BOSTON COLLEGE
15th November     VS. NAVY (AT BALTIMORE, MD.)
22nd November     SYRACUSE
29th November     AT USC

2009:
5th September     NEVADA
12th September     AT MICHIGAN
19th September     MICHIGAN STATE
26th September    AT PURDUE
3rd October     WASHINGTON
10th October    OPEN DATE
17th October     USC
24th October     BOSTON COLLEGE
31st October     VS. WASHINGTON STATE (AT SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS)
7th November    NAVY
14th November     AT PITTSBURGH
21st November     CONNECTICUT
28th November     AT STANFORD

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6 Responses to "Former Notre Dame Coach and ESPN’s Analyst, Lou Holtz, Issues An On-Air Apology For His “Hitler” Remark With Reference To Michigan Coach Rich Rodriguez"

whats the big deal, these things happen… i mean leav the old man alone, he committed a mistake (althogh I do agree with him that Hitler was a great man in some respects).. look at his career.. he’s an achiever.. what do you say anant?

whats the big deal, these things happen… i mean leav the old man alone, he committed a mistake (althogh I do agree with him that Hitler was a great man in some respects).. look at his career.. he’s an achiever.. what do you say anant?

I still can’t believe that people think it’s no big deal. I’ve lost my relatives in the holocaust and I know what Hitler and his racist policies were like. I hate him and anyone who thinks he was great. What makes you think he was great? He was a racist mad man.

Chill out people, the media makes a big fuss about everything anyway, but it depends in which way you look at Hitler’s life.. he actually was great in some respects like construction of the best highway ever created and his economic policies.. He was a monster when it came to Jews and we all hate him for that.. If someone says “Hitler was a great man” and then apologises, he should be forgiven.

The point is that out of all of the people in the history of the world to bring up in comparisons it is not necessary to even reference the disgraced leader of Germany. Go ahead and talk about him in history class if you want but let’s just keep him out of sports conversations and analogies. Also, for the record…he did nothing good enough to justify anyone referring to him as anything other than a crazed lunatic who was both despicable and a complete failure as a leader of a country.

Dear Lou, I come from a family in northern IN{a die hard irish family}we want lou back!love charlie,but he doesn’t focus on defense or the running game.ND could look better next year!we need to hold teams like navy to less than 2 touchdowns.PLEASE COME BACK! Your fan,john GO IRISH!

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