The Republican National Committee and college football crossed over Tuesday thanks to Lou Holtz.
A former ESPN commentator who hasn’t coached in more than a decade might seem like an odd political spokesman, but then not much has been normal about this election cycle.
A northeast Ohio native (he grew up in East Liverpool) who played at Kent State and was an assistant for Woody Hayes’ 1968 Ohio State national championship team, Holtz first gained some notice Monday night when he was spotted on the convention floor.
He started to generate some actual headlines today when he shared his views on immigration.
As some have already pointed out, this is a fairly ironic take from a coach whose greatest fame came from coaching at Notre Dame, a Midwestern school founded by a French Catholic priest whose sports teams reportedly received the name “Fighting Irish” from writers intending to demean them for consisting of so many Catholic immigrants.
Holtz himself referred to his family’s immigrant history and how it relates, though, according to The Daily Beast.
Identifying himself as a former Democrat, Holtz also sat down with Fox News to explain why he is supporting Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton in the November election.
In a political season that has already seen Ohio State coach Urban Meyer express support for Ohio governor John Kasich’s (ultimately unsuccessful) presidential bid and former Indiana coach Bob Knight endorse Trump, what could be next?