Notre Dame is heading into a big season after going 12-1 last year and earning a spot in the College Football Playoff. But for today’s practice, the Fighting Irish were treated to a speech from one of the program’s all-time greats.
As noted by Irish Illustrated, legendary Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz visited the team today to give the players a speech. In a clip released by the team, Holtz stressed the impact the players have on others and reminded them that the goal every year is to win a championship.
“At the University of Notre Dame, you have no idea of the impact you have on millions of people that live and day for how well you perform,” said Holtz.
“We have a goal to win a championship. Every man here has a role. Maybe your role is to be on the scout squad. Then you have to do that with the very best ability and the enthusiasm and a feeling that you are contributing greatly. That’s your role. You do not have the right to cause your teammates to fail because you don’t do everything to the best of your abilities.”
Holtz coached Notre Dame from 1986 to 1996, leading the Irish to a national title in 1988. During his tenure, the Irish went 100-30-2, and finished ranked in the top 10 five times.
In 2008, Holtz was honored with a statue on the campus.
The Irish have gone 22-4 over the past two seasons, but are heading into a tougher situation in 2019.
Notre Dame has huge road games against Michigan and Georgia. A loss in either of those games could tank their national title dreams.
Perhaps a speech from the man who orchestrated Notre Dame’s last national title win is just what they need.