Looking for the Next Lou Holtz

by Mike on December 9, 2009

in Sports

It’s a tough time to be a Notre Dame fan.  Nine Days ago, Notre Dame fired Charlie Weis, our third consecutive unsuccessful head coach.  Since then, Irish fans have been desperate for any news of a head coach who can lead Notre Dame back to where it belongs and have had to rely on nothing but speculation and internet rumors as the search progresses.  First, Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops was going to coach the Irish.  Then attention turned to Cincinnati Head Coach Brian Kelly.  Then there were the Jim Harbaugh rumors.  Yesterday and today, it really looked like Kelly was the man.  In the last few hours, the focus has been on Kelly and Connecticut Head Coach Randy Edsall.  Edsall?  Is that German for Willingham?

The decision is still probably a day or two away, but I hope its Kelly.  The most successful head coaching hires in college football tend to be those with prior head coaching success at less prominent institutions and why not?  The coaches are by definition successful, but also hungry to prove themselves at the highest level.  Kelly would certainly fit the bill.  The last time the Irish followed this model, we got Lou Holtz.  Speaking of Holtz, we Irish fans need some ND inspiration while we’re in limbo.  Well, here’s a clip of inspirational speeches from the great Lou Holtz for all you Irish fans out there.

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