Holtz clearly isn’t over the pollsters’ decisions.
Lou Holtz’s tenure at Notre Dame was overall a rousing success. In 11 seasons (1986-96) in South Bend, Holtz compiled an overall record of 100-30-2, reached nine bowl games, achieved five double-digit win seasons and won the national title in 1988.
Still, despite all the accolades, Holtz is still apparently upset at his team’s near-misses. Just look at the way he signed a Notre Dame helmet that is currently up for auction.
Here is a photo of Holtz’s inscription, which reads “1988 National Champs. Screwed in 89, 90 & 93.”
Quite the inscription from Lou Holtz 👀
— Steiner Insider (@SteinerInsider) October 11, 2017
In 1989, coming off their national championship season, the Irish started 10-0 before losing to Miami in the regular season finale. Ranked No. 4, they beat No. 1 Colorado in the Orange Bowl, but finished No. 2 in the AP Poll after Miami beat No. 7 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
In 1993, Notre Dame of course started 10-0 with a win over No. 1 Florida State before being stunned by Boston College. The Irish beat Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, but Florida State was voted No. 1 after beating No. 2 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, despite the fact Notre Dame had the same record as the Seminoles and beat them head-to-head.
Now, Holtz didn’t get screwed out of a national title in 1990. Twice in the regular season, Notre Dame lost while being ranked No. 1. But Holtz is likely referring to the fact his team would have beaten No. 1 Colorado in the Orange Bowl if not for a controversial clipping penalty which negated a game-winning punt return by Rocket Ismail.
So there you have it. Lou Holtz has his grievances, and he’s airing ’em out for you.