Lou Holtz Statue Removal? Time to Strongly Consider it

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Every statue of a human being is at least a little bit problematic. That’s because all human beings have real flaws. Typically, statues of people become more problematic over time, as society progresses and more enlightened standards emerge, and are then retroactively applied to people who are no longer with us.

It’s very rare that a statue has severe “issues” of who it represents while that person is still alive, but that’s exactly what’s happening now with Lou Holtz, and his bronzed, sculpted image at the southwest corner of Notre Dame Stadium.

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Holtz spoke at an event affiliated with the 2016 Republican National Convention, and it was there and then that he made egregiously bigoted and xenophobic remarks.

It prompted me to write this piece four years ago: “Notre Dame Must Distance Themselves from the Lou Holtz Brand.

It included this passage:

I don’t honestly believe that Notre Dame is going to take down that statue currently residing at the southern end of Notre Dame stadium, but it’s definitely something they should consider down the line. The possibility should be on the table because it’s very likely Holtz will again make remarks as offensive as this (or worse) in the future.

About two weeks prior to the RNC, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. referred to general anti-immigrant rhetoric as “churlish, insulting political theater.”

He was referencing the rise of anti-Mexican propaganda, by Trump and his cult followers, but Holtz’s commentary was equally offensive and insulting to anyone who doesn’t hold anti-immigrant prejudices.

Bringing it back to this week, Lou Holtz had a major speaking gig at the 2020 RNC, and he used his time to make a laughably fawning and utterly delusional speech that ideologically slobbered all over Trump.  Holtz reportedly donated $1,000 to Hillary Clinton in 2016, before later endorsing Trump. The speech was so obsequious that even a megalomaniac like Trump would have found it over the top.

Lou Holtz even went so far as to call Joe Biden, Trump’s opponent in November, a faux Catholic, a pretend Catholic. Who is he to say such things??

As we wrote four years ago, Notre Dame must distance themselves from Lou Holtz, and now they officially have. Fr. Jenkins took extra special offense to the concept of one man claiming he could truly know what’s inside another man’s soul.

The full letter is linked below:

Well done, Fr. Jenkins, but why stop there?

Why not remove the statue at the stadium and rename the Lou Holtz gate? This summer has seen Confederate monuments come down, rapidly, in droves. Holtz’s politics are pretty much right in line with the people who financed and erected all those monuments to nothing but treasonous white supremacy.

Like Mike Ditka, Lou Holtz has become only a crude, cartoonish, non-sensical version of himself these days. It’s hard to even know for sure if he really believes some of the abhorrent drivel he spews whenever he appears on television, but if it is just all a routine, well, then that’s even worse.

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Playing a bigot on TV to stay relevant and make money (a la the Clay Travis principle) is even more soulless and amoral than being an actual bigot.

On the day that the Big 10 and Pac 12 cancelled their seasons, Holtz went on FOX News Channel and compared college football amid the coronavirus pandemic to the allied forces storming the beaches at Normandy on D-Day. Holtz spoke of “acceptable losses,” and well, these remarks are so stupid and abhorrent, we really can’t spend any more time on it.

Further analyzing his remarks just dumbs us all down, so we won’t. Yes, Holtz was the head coach the last time that Notre Dame won the title. However, as we have learned over and over this summer, issues of social justice are much more meaningful than football.

The world has changed a lot since Lou Holtz led the Fighting Irish to glory over 30 years ago, but he hasn’t seemed to adapt very much. However, the University that disavowed him has. Now it’s time to take progress a step further and strongly consider removing his statue and renaming his stadium gate.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly contributes to WGN TVSports IllustratedChicago Now and SB Nation.

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  1. Unbelievable. Talk about a cancel culture and shutting down free speech. Lou Holtz has a right to his beliefs, which defend innocent lives!! Shame on you who try to silence those who defend life. You will be accountable for your words and actions. Let’s be clear, and we all know it, Notre Dame is no longer Catholic and it pushes the far left disgusting agenda of homosexual, pro- abortion, socialism.

  2. Why are his remarks wrong? The Democratic convention speakers were no better? They all rip each other apart. So why are reporters choosing sides? We just want the facts not your opinions.

  3. What a joke. This article is trash journalism. It basically bashed Holts for nothing other than supporting Trump. The left at its worst — anyone who has a political view (or any view) different from mine should be silenced and stripped of all rights and privileges.

  4. One of his former players who said when he played for him he would have run through a brick wall was very upset. How do some of the other players feel? especially his black players, who lets face it, helped him immensely to become a winner as a coach. He of course suffered a great loss this year, but maybe he needs to have some dialogue with some of his former players who might feel hurt. I don’t know him that well except for being a football coach, we always need to see the whole man before passing judgement. I am no leftist, as I was happy when first they were going to withhold that honor for Angela Davis. in Birmingham Alabama for her, but not for the original reasons. I just despise people who supported communist dictators as she did.

  5. The Left have ruined the NFL, and now they turn their sights on college football. This is all very reminiscent of Mao’s cultural revolution. Erasure of anything that reminds them of the past.

  6. I relish the historical legacy portrayed in this article. It simply offers a insight man’s inability of not being able to escape his political value system as it burns his belly and it’s becomes a just desert . He has to refocus upon his desires, talents and livelihood to recapture his essence of being. Unfortunately, facts are not Chinese Whispers . University Jobs are also considered a variable in the public schema if relations. It too, is public figure position; therefore, the his actions or speech opens the door for curtain twitchers and one can become a dogs dinner on either side of politics. Politics determines who gets what, when, where and how. Speaking the language amongst those that hold the gold ingots is not uncommon. The University is upholding a legacy and as controversial as it maybe to some, it may be awhile before they want to entertain an idea of removing the statue. Some of the most controversial people from the 70’s entered the world if Academia in the collegiate level. The mood of society and the values of its largest level donors as well as their concerns of his statements of culture insensitivity loom over the ultimate legacy of the university and it’s ideological/ philosophical foundation then it will determine if his legacy is a level of worthy feat or to controversial of a relic for its future. Although this journalist may have ruffled one’s feathers or may have caused one to feel a bit miffed , I on the other hand like knowing to philanthropist interest in dollars . G day, mate.

  7. Correction
    I relish the historical legacy portrayed in this article. It simply offers a insight man’s inability of not being able to escape his political value system as it burns his belly and it’s becomes a just desert . He has to refocus upon his desires, talents and livelihood to recapture his essence of being. Unfortunately, facts are not Chinese Whispers . University Jobs are also considered a variable in the public schema of relations. It too, is a public figure position; therefore, his actions or speech opens the door for curtain twitchers and one can become a dogs dinner on either side of politics. Politics determines who gets what, when, where and how. Speaking the language amongst those that hold the gold ingots is not uncommon. The University is upholding a legacy and as controversial as it maybe to some, it may be awhile before they want to entertain an idea of removing the statue. Some of the most controversial people from the 70’s entered the “World of Academia” at the collegiate level. If the mood of society and the values of its largest level donors as well as their concerns of his statements of culture insensitivity loom over the ultimate legacy of the university and it’s ideological/ philosophical foundation then it will determine if his legacy is a level of worthy feat or too controversial of a relic for its future. Although this journalist may have ruffled one’s feathers or may have caused one to feel a bit miffed , I on the other hand like knowing the philanthropists interest as to dollars that contributes to better days ahead . G day, mate.

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