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I do think coaches need to get away from the game more, though. It’s good for them.
– Lou Holtz
The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.
My first assistant-coaching job in football was at William & Mary in 1961. The pay wasn’t much, so to get $300 more per year, I agreed to coach the golf team. I didn’t even know how to keep score, and really, my main job was not to wreck the van on the way to tournaments.
We can all be successful and make money, but when we die, that ends. But when you are significant is when you help other people be successful. That lasts many a lifetime.
Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.
I think that everybody needs four things in life. Everybody needs something to do regardless of age. Everybody needs someone to love. Everybody needs something to hope for, and, of course, everybody needs someone to believe in.
Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.
Successful people will always tell you you can do something. It’s the people who have never accomplished anything who will always discourage you from trying to achieve excellent things.
I used to pray that God would make me a great athlete, and He never did.
Don’t run if you can walk. Don’t walk if you can stand. Don’t stand if you can sit. Don’t sit if you can lie down.
If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today.
The University of Notre Dame does not redshirt, and I endorse that policy completely. I am very much in favor of redshirting, but not at Notre Dame. But there’s no doubt about it. It puts us at a huge disadvantage.
No matter what happens on the field, getting an education makes you a winner.
Sacrifice, discipline and prayer are essential. We gain strength through God’s word. We receive grace from the sacrament. And when we fumble due to sin – and it’s gonna happen – confession puts us back on the field.
I’ll assure you this: I will have nothing to do with politics.
I truly believe the things Notre Dame stands for.
We were at a beach one summer, and I had a bathing suit on. My wife looked at me and said: ‘Boy, you are skinny, aren’t you?’ I said: ‘Honey, I’d like to remind you that it was minor defects like this that kept me from getting a better wife.’
Notre Dame is the one school that has a national recruiting base, from Florida to Texas to California.
Had I been a great athlete, I’m not sure I would have even gone into coaching. I may have turned out feeling that my life ended when my athletic career ended, as happens so many times with various athletes.
You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.
I was raised a Catholic on both sides of the family. I went to a Catholic grade school and thought everybody in the country was Catholic, because that’s all I ever was associated with.
Don’t tell your problems to people: eighty percent don’t care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them.
My first assistant-coaching job in football was at William & Mary in 1961.
When people need love and understanding and support the most is when they deserve it the least.
I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.
At home I have a copy of the April 21, 1986, issue of ‘Sports Illustrated.’ I’m on the cover with the blurb, ‘Can Lou Do It?’ I’d just arrived at Notre Dame, and with spring football underway, I was the focal point of that week’s coverage.
All an agent is going to do is buy things for a player, damage his eligibility, and make the player dependent on them.
If Tiger Woods had played football, he would have been a quarterback.
Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.
You don’t go to Notre Dame to learn something; you go to Notre Dame to be somebody.