Lou Holtz served as the guest speaker on Tuesday night in Memphis as the University of Memphis kicked off their fundraising campaign to raise $10 million for an indoor practice facility.
In front of 1000 Memphis supporters, Holtz said the most important thing he did as the head coach at Notre Dame was convincing the university to build an indoor facility.
Holtz said he told the Notre Dame players, “We’re going to give you a chance to be the very best in the country.”
It’s an absolute necessity described Holtz. There are no rain-outs during August camp, you are sure to have good preparation during bowl season, and players have a place to train on their own anytime the weather isn’t ideal.
“An indoor practice facility will do exactly the same thing here at the University of Memphis.”
In the bigger picture, Holtz explained, “When you are successful in football, there is a pride among the student body that can’t be duplicated in any other way, there is an association with the alumni that binds them back to the school, there is a pride in the city and state that we are committed to excellence.”
“I think it’s an absolute necessity to we all get together and we back Larry Porter and his staff 1000%. That’s our obligation. We take pride.”
One of the most interesting parts of Holtz’ speech was relating his start at South Carolina to the start of the Larry Porter era at Memphis. Holtz went 0-11 in 1999 at South Carolina, Porter just 1-11 last season.
Here’s the video of Holtz relating the two situations: