NewsCenter 16 exclusive: Holtz says he will not be running for Congress

In an exclusive interview, Lou Holtz tells NewsCenter 16's Angelo Di Carlo that he will not be running for Congress, contrary to news reports.

Holtz is in town for the Irish Legends golf outing, which benefits his and Ara Parseghian's foundation.

"I'm working for ESPN. I don't want to run for Congress," Holtz said Wednesday afternoon. "All I'm going to do is fulfill the commitment to ESPN. I'm prepared for it and then we'll go from there."

On Tuesday, reports came out of Florida saying the former Irish head football coach was considering a run at the House of Representatives. Holtz is an Orlando resident.

When asked whether he at least has considered running, Holtz gave a more direct no to the possibility.

"I think when you look at the country, you really don't want to get into politics," Holtz explained. "I'm not a politician, I'm just an average citizen."

"Do I want to run? Absolutely not. I want to work for ESPN and do the best job I possibly can for them."

The delivery by Holtz declaring 'no to Congress' was that of the old days when he built up the likes of Rice or Navy. It was also reminiscent of a coach who was denying reports he was taking another job only to take the job a few weeks later. So we shall see.

Holtz would not confirm on camera whether he met with GOP officials last week as has been reported, but he did tell others during the outing that he had.

NewsCenter 16 wasn't the only one to ask Holtz about Congress, all of the legends did as well.

In fact, we spoke with Ara Parseghian before he had a chance to speak with Holtz, and Ara joked about what that first conversation would be like.

"I'm going to have to address him a little differently today," Ara said, laughing. "Do I have to call him 'your honor' or what? Congressman Lou Holtz?"

A few minutes later, Holtz and Parseghian spotted each other and Ara immediately ripped Lou about the reports.

Asked whether Holtz had it him at his age to run for Congress, Parseghian believed he did.

"One thing about Lou is that he never stops going," Ara said about the 72-year-old Holtz. "He's like the bunny. He never runs out of gas."


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