Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz includes controversial message in autographed helmet

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Retired players and coaches often say that the losses have stayed with them longer than the victories. It’s probably safe to say that’s true for retired Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz.

On a recently signed Fighting Irish helmet, Holtz included a very unique and somewhat controversial message. His note mentions the 1988 National Championship he won with Notre Dame but also infers the team should have won more than just that year:

In 1989, a year after Notre Dame went 12-0 to win the National Championship, the Irish finished 12-1. On its way to that mark, Notre Dame beat four Top 10 teams, including then No. 1 ranked Colorado in the Orange Bowl. But the Fighting Irish fell in their final regular season game, 27-10, against Miami, who ended up winning the National Championship while Notre Dame finished No. 2 in the final polls.

The 1993 Notre Dame season unfolded very similarly. The Irish won their first 10 games, but fell by two points to No. 17 Boston College in the regular-season finale. Notre Dame won the Cotton Bowl, but they again finished No. 2 in the polls behind Florida State, who earned a 12-1 mark. That was a controversial decision, though, as Notre Dame beat the Seminoles in November, handing them their only loss.

Notre Dame was ranked inside the Top 10 for all of the 1990 season as well, but it’s harder to justify the argument that the Irish were “screwed” that year. The Irish ended 1990 with a 9-3 mark. They did play No. 1 Colorado extremely tough in the Orange Bowl but lost 10-9.

But clearly, Holtz still remembers 1989, 1990 and 1993 as missed opportunities, and – as he eloquently put in his helmet message – they were not the fault of his own team.

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