What will college football be without ESPN analyst Lou Holtz? We may soon find out.
Holtz told 247Sports’ Notre Dame site that he’s leaving ESPN after the 2014 season, specifically to spend more time at home with his wife and work on his ole’ golf game.
“I’d like to practice my golf a little more. I’ve been everywhere except to bed. I’ve spoken to everybody except my wife. Somebody said, ‘Do you ever go anywhere where people don’t recognize you?’ I said home. I owe it to her to spend a little more time with her. I said that last year too.
“I’d like to leave when people say, ‘Why are you leaving?’ not ‘When are you leaving?’” he said. “This is my fifth last year. They usually talk me into it. ESPN is a great organization to work for. We’ve been together nine years now. That’s unusual. They’re like my family. I love them. We enjoy it. There comes a time where you need to step aside and let the younger people do it.”
Will Holtz officially retire? He leaves some doubt in the latter portion of the above statement, citing it will be his ‘fifth-last year’ and adding they usually talk him into it.
The 77-year-old Holtz has been a fixture on ESPN for the last nine years, often going head-to-head with villain Mark May. His podium-flipping disagreement with Rece Davis and May won’t soon be forgotten, and neither will Dr. Lou, assuming Holtz officially steps down after the season.
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