The Big Ten officially made the decision to postpone the college football season out of an abundance of caution and safety amidst the COVID-19 pandemic; the hope is that play will be able to get underway in the spring.
But not everyone is on board with the decision that was made. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh expressed his disappointment, and now another coach has made his thoughts known.
Legendary Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz, who served at both Notre Dame and South Carolina, blasted the Big Ten today during an appearance on Fox News earlier today:
“I think they should play, but that’s my thing … if you have an asthma problem or you’re a diabetic, absolutely, don’t play, but the rest of us? Let’s go play,” Holtz said. “We shut everything down for six months. I’m going crazy if I’m being quarantined. Other people are tired of it. Let’s move on with our life. We they stormed Normandy, they knew there would casualties and there would be risks.”
“Two percent of the people who go to the emergency room go for COVID-19. It’s going down. Everybody gets old. You’re going to die.”
Holtz also agreed with the sentiments of Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who tweeted the following back on Sunday:
“I think it’s a very smart point,” Holtz responded. “Other people have said they learned more in the locker room than they ever did in a classroom … the players want to play, the coaches want to coach, but the presidents said no because it’s the safe thing — ‘I don’t have any responsibility, nobody can come back and second-guess me, I don’t have to have any regrets, whatsoever. I’m perfectly safe, I’m secure.'”
“The easiest thing to say [is] ‘No, we are not going to do it.’ It takes some leadership and courage … added Holtz, who went on to say, “we got to move on with this country.”
The Big Ten and Pac-12 have both postponed their seasons, while the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 are still on schedule.
– – Quotes via Sam Dorman of Fox News Link – –