Former Notre Dame HC Lou Holtz to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 2, 2020

Former football coach Lou Holtz before a speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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College Football Hall of Famer Lou Holtz is going to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Per CNN's Kaitlan Collins, President Donald Trump will bestow the honor upon Holtz in a ceremony Thursday.

Per WhiteHouse.gov, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, given to individuals "who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

Holtz has been a longtime supporter of Trump and joined the president's son Eric on the campaign trail leading up to the election Nov. 3.

President Trump has bestowed the honor on several athletes and sports during his time in the White House. Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and NBA legends Bob Cousy and Jerry West each received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019.

Holtz spent 34 years as a head coach between college and the NFL. The 83-year-old is best known for his 11-year stint at Notre Dame from 1986 to 96. He went 100-30-2 and led the Fighting Irish to the 1988 national championship.

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