“I don’t have a lot of energy right now,” said Holtz, also a former ESPN analyst.
Holtz – a supporter of President Donald Trump who is due to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom – is not the first legendary college trainer to contract the coronavirus. Former Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden, 91, was hospitalized with the virus last month, but recovered and was released and thanked family, friends and fans for their support during his “difficult” fight against the virus.
Holtz was a supporter of college football playing during the pandemic if the players had no preconditions and made the case in August during an appearance on Fox News with Bill Hemmer.
“When they stormed Normandy, they knew there would be casualties, there would be risks,” Holtz said at the time. “Two percent of people who go to the emergency room are using COVID-19. But young people, Bill, they think it’s like cancer. They think they are going to die.
All the major conferences are underway, but several games have had to be postponed as some teams have been affected by the virus.
Holtz was a head coach for 33 seasons. He spent 11 seasons at Notre Dame from 1986 to 1996 and had a career record of 110-30-2 with the Fighting Irish. In 1988, Holtz led Notre Dame to a 12-0 record, including a Fiesta Bowl Bowl victory, to end the season as the No.1 team in the Top 25 AP.
After a two-year hiatus, Holtz became coach of South Carolina in 1999 and coached six seasons with the school, compiling a record of 33-37. Prior to Notre Dame, Holtz coached with William & Mary, North Carolina, Arkansas and Minnesota.
Holtz also coached the Jets in 1976, but only lasted one season in which he went 3-10.