Former University of Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz, comedian and actor Martin Short and former Irish football standouts Joe Theismann, Pat Terrell, Tony Rice and Mike Golic all will speak at the Notre Dame BCS Championship Game Pep Rally scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Lummus Park (660 Ocean Drive, between 6th and 9th streets) in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, Fla.
The master of ceremonies for the rally will be Golic, a former Irish football captain and current co-host of ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” show.
A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Holtz was the head coach of Notre Dame’s most recent national championship team in 1988. He coached the Irish from 1986 through 1996 (100-30-2 record) and also served as a head coach at William & Mary, North Carolina State, Arkansas, Minnesota and South Carolina (249-132-7 combined record in 32 seasons). He’s currently a college football analyst for ESPN.
Short is the Canadian-born actor, comedian, writer, singer and producer maybe best known for his appearances on television shows “SCTV” and “Saturday Night Live” and in movies including “Three Amigos” and “Father of the Bride.” He has two sons who graduated from Notre Dame and he is a member of the advisory council for the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.
From South River, N.J., Theismann played quarterback for the Irish from 1968-70 and remains architect of the most prolific single-game passing performance in Notre Dame history (526 yards against USC in 1970). The 1970 Heisman Trophy runner-up, Theismann helped the Irish to an 11-1 record as a senior in 1970, including a 24-11 Cotton Bowl win over top-rated Texas to end the Longhorns’ 30-game win streak. Also an Academic All-American he still ranks seventh all-time in passing yards (4,411) and in touchdown passes (31) at Notre Dame. The 1983 NFL MVP, Theismann was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
From St. Petersburg, Fla., Terrell played free safety for the Irish from 1986-89. A starter in 1988 and ’89 as Notre Dame put together its record 23-game win streak and won the ’88 national title, he became best known for knocking down Steve Walsh’s two-point conversion attempt in the final minute to preserve Notre Dame’s midseason win in ’88 over top-rated Miami.
From Woodruff, S.C., Rice played quarterback for the Irish from 1987-89. Like Terrell, he was the Irish starter through the ’88 national championship season and 23-game winning streak. He finished fourth in the 1989 Heisman Trophy voting and was the Football News first-team All-America quarterback.
From Willowick, Ohio, Golic played defensive end for the Irish from 1981-84 (he was a starter in ’83 and ’84) and served as one of three senior captains in 1984. Golic went on to play nine years in the NFL with Houston (1985-87), Philadelphia (1988-92) and Miami (1993).