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Lou Holtz rants in favor of college football season: 'When they stormed Normandy'

Jason Owens
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Lou Holtz was an excellent college football coach.

Since retiring from the sideline and his gig as an ESPN analyst, he’s largely spent his energy honing his old-man rant game. He’s perfected the art and dropped a doozy on Tuesday amid the ongoing collapse of the college football season.

Here’s a hint. He wants players to play.

Why? Because Normandy.

‘When they stormed Normandy ...’

“I think they should play,” Holtz said. “... If you have a problem, if you have an asthma problem, if you’re diabetic or something, you have a legitimate reason you don’t want to play, absolutely, don’t play. The rest of you wanna play, let’s go play.

Holtz then complained about “going crazy” in quarantine before dropping the comparison of the season to the Allies’ bloody battle to defeat Hitler’s forces in World War II. He also complained about “young people.”

“When they stormed Normandy, they knew that there were going to be casualties, there was gonna be risk,” Holtz continued. “Two percent of the people that go to the emergency room go for COVID-19. But young people, Bill, they think it’s like cancer. They think they’re gonna die.”

Lou Holtz speaks at a Donald Trump campaign rally.
Lou Holtz ranted about "young people" while suggesting college football has similar stakes as the fight against Hitler. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Holtz has said this before

Lest this be confused with an off-the cuff analogy prompted by a crafty Fox News anchor looking to elicit some red meat, rest assured. It’s not.

The above statement is a Holtz talking point — and one that he’s now repeatedly leaned on when speaking to a Fox News audience.

He delivered an almost identical line to Laura Ingraham last month.

“They just don’t want to have sports,” Holtz said on July 9. “There’s no way in this world you can do anything that’s without a risk. People stormed Normandy. I took some grandchildren over there. They knew there were gonna be casualties, they knew there were gonna be risks. But it was a way of life.”

So to be clear: Holtz made that statement in July. He had a month to think about it. He decided it was worth repeating.

Here’s guessing we haven’t heard the last from Holtz on this subject. Keep the dial on Fox News for what’s next.

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