Wednesday, November 28, 2007

No One Has Ever Drowned in Sweat

Frat Guy of the Week: Lou Holtz

Legendary college football coach and ESPN commentator Lou Holtz was a brother of Delta Upsilon fraternity while attending Kent State University.

Holtz would become the only coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to final top 20 rankings.

Holtz graduated from Kent State in 1959 and in 1960 become a graduate assistant football coach at the University of Iowa while working on his masters degree. Holtz' first head coaching job was at the College of William and Mary, before taking a job at North Carolina State University.

In 1976, Holtz tried his hand in the National Football League with the New York Jets, before returning to the college football ranks a year later at the University of Arkansas. He later became head coach at the University of Minnesota before landing one of the most prestigious jobs in the game at the University of Notre Dame.

Holtz led Notra Dame to a national championship win in 1987 over West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl. The coach led the Fighting Irish to nine straight bowl games before retiring from the helm after the 1996 season.

He returned to coaching in 1999 with South Carolina, before retiring for good following the 2004 season.

Since then, Holtz has worked as an analyst and commentator with ESPN alongside Rece Davis and Mark May.

For a selection of wisecracks and legendary quotes from the coach and Delta Upsilon brother, click here.

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