WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said he would like to confer longtime football coach Lou Holtz with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal, on Friday.
Holtz watched as Trump announced in the White House. He did not announce the date of the ceremony, but said it would “not happen in the not too distant future.”
The president said he has received letters from football coaches across the country, as well as others, recommending Holtz, 83, for the honor. Trump said he has known Holtz for a “long time” and calls him a friend.
“We have analyzed it very closely. We have seen all those recommendations. We have looked at Low’s life and his career and what he has done for charity, and the football is clear, “Trump said. “He was a great coach, but what he has done beyond coaching, so Lu would get a presidential medal.”
Holtz coached 34 years on both college and professional football teams and is perhaps best known as the head coach of Notre Dame for the 11th season. Holtz finished his career at the University of South Carolina, where he was the head coach for six seasons from 1999–2004.
He coached the New York Jets in 1976.
The West Virginia native was among the speakers at last week’s Republican National Convention. Holtz called Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Catholic in his remarks “only in name.” Biden is a practicing Catholic.
Rev. John I., president of Notre Dame. Jenkins later issued a statement The former coach used the university’s name in his remarks to say “it should not be believed” that Notre Dame supports Holtz’s views, any candidate or any political party.
Jenkins also called Holtz to question the “honesty” of the former vice president’s trust.