When Notre Dame plays USC, it is always a big deal. It is a top rivalry in college football, which makes it one of the most popular games of the season for the Irish.
This year is no different.
On Friday, the Irish held their pregame pep rally, and fans were treated to an all-star cast. Former Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps gave a speech, and Irish coach Brian Kelly was there with the current football team as well.
But former Irish football coach Lou Holtz along with members of his 1988 national championship team stole the show.
“I could never thank ND enough for giving me the opportunity to be here for 11 years,” said Holtz. “I love this place. I will be buried on campus. The alumni buried me every Saturday, so might as well.”
And there is no question what team the former coach will be rooting for on Saturday.
“USC stands for University of Spoiled Children and most of the football players chose USC over UCLA because it's easier to spell,” he said.
All kidding aside, Holtz does have respect for the Trojans. But that does not mean he thinks they have a chance to beat the Irish.
“I have great respect for Southern Cal the people there,” Holtz said. “But it's ND we're ND and they ain’t and that says it all.”
Holtz coached the Irish from 1986-1996 and coached Notre Dame to their most recent national championship in 1988.
The Irish take on the Trojans on Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:41.
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