America at Large: Easy to see why Trump loves Lou Holtz

Former Notre Dame football coach has become a darling of right-wing media

 Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz speaks during a campaign rally for Republican senate candidate Mike Braun and attended by president Donald Trump at the County War Memorial Coliseum  in Fort Wayne, Indiana in November  2018. Photograph:  Aaron P Bernstein/Getty Images

Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz speaks during a campaign rally for Republican senate candidate Mike Braun and attended by president Donald Trump at the County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana in November 2018. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Getty Images

Chet Lacheta was an 18-year-old offensive lineman out of Illinois living the dream in his first year at the University of Notre Dame in 1990. At spring training, he got thrown in to play against the starting team. A huge opportunity but, still recovering from recent injury and illness, he found the scrimmage to be tough going. Afterwards, Lou Holtz, the iconic coach who had led the college to a national title just two years earlier, offered him an assessment of his performance.

“He called me a coward and he said I shouldn’t bother to come back to school in the fall [autumn],” said Lacheta. “He grabbed my facemask and then he purposely spit at me. The other players knew what happened.”

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