Lou Holtz excites fans at Friday's pep rally

Notre Dame's 1988 national championship team was honored Friday night at the pep rally in the Joyce Center.

It was 20 years ago when that team brought home the last championship for the Irish, but the coach of that amazing group doesn't seem to have missed a beat.

Lou Holtz proudly sang the Victory March with the cheering student body, and was then called up to the podium to offer his unique brand of inspiration to the team and fans.

"It's about faith, it's about support, it's about never giving up -- no matter what the odds are. We are Notre Dame and nobody else is! And we're special, and we take that pride in the way we play and the way we feel and the way we do things. Go Irish!" he screamed, amid cheers from the fans.

Holtz, known for his love and respect of all things Notre Dame, hoped to lend the 2008 team a bit of motivation as they make their final preparations before facing off against the Wolverines of Michigan.

Although the Irish will enter the game with a 1-0 record, their victory last week over San Diego State failed to be the definitive win the team really needed.

And the Irish won't just be competing against a stronger adversary on the field come gametime. Rainstorms are expected to plague South Bend throughout the afternoon.

Barring the most severe of weather, Notre Dame will hit the gridiron at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WNDU at that time, but be sure to tune in for Countdown to Kickoff at 2:30 p.m. for much more on today's matchup.

To see an extended clip of Holtz' speech at Friday's pep rally, click the video link at the top of this story.

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