Trump Awards Presidential Medal Of Freedom To Lou Holtz

Dec 3, 2020

(FILE) President Donald Trump greets former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz at a campaign rally at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind., Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.
Credit (AP PHOTO/MICHAEL CONROY)

President Donald Trump calls Lou Holtz “one of the greatest coaches in American history” and has honored the college football Hall of Famer and political ally with the nation’s highest civilian honor. Holtz had a 34-year coaching career that included the 1988 national title at the University of Notre Dame. Holtz received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during an Oval Office ceremony. Holtz led six different programs to bowl games and is an outspoken Trump backer. The 83-year-old Holtz says being honored by Trump makes the award particularly meaningful. He says Trump is the “greatest president in my lifetime”

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, made the following statement:

“A great college coach and engaging sports commentator, Lou Holtz was honored in 2011 with an honorary degree from Notre Dame for his leadership of students and generosity of spirit on and off the gridiron. On behalf of the University, I extend congratulations to Lou on the occasion of his having been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”