Holtz: ‘Absolutely impossible’ to have college football season

Coaching great Lou Holtz said Tuesday that it’s “absolutely impossible” to play the upcoming college football because of the protocols in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

During an interview with Fox News, the 83-year-old Hall of Fame coach said that the parameters put in place by universities and educators will not allow the season to be played.

“If you don’t have students, how in the world are you going to protect your football players?” Holtz told Fox News. “And with the rules and regulations they have in college football concerning the virus, it’s just absolutely impossible to have football.

“The educators are looking to make sure that we have absolutely no risk whatsoever, and you can’t have that. Life is a matter of risk, and they’re going to close everything down until they come up with a vaccine? Therefore, I see no way there could be college football.”

The Big Ten and Pac-12 already have announced that they will move forward with conference-only schedules this fall.

Holtz compiled a 249-132-7 record over five decades with six different schools, most famously at Notre Dame (1986-96). He won a national championship in 1988 with the Fighting Irish and posted a 100-30-2 mark.

He also coached a year in the NFL with the New York Jets (1976) and finished his coaching career at South Carolina, where he went 33-37 in six seasons.

Holtz went on to become an analyst with ESPN before departing in 2015 after 10 years.

Holtz’s wife, Beth, died earlier this month after a years-long battle with throat cancer. They were married for 58 years.