Former Razorback football coach Lou Holtz is no newcomer to political controversy and here’s another episode:
An invitation to be guest speaker at an anniversary celebration at the Cathedral High School in El Paso was withdrawn over his remarks about immigrants. The boys’ school draws students from both Mexico and the U.S. in a city with a distinct Latino flavor. Many complained after news of his recent comments got around.
Holtz, 79, is a sought-after motivational speaker who sparked controversy after endorsing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and describing immigration as an “invasion” and saying that immigrants needed to assimilate better.
“I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team,” Holtz said at a luncheon during the Republican National Convention in July. Holtz later said that he wished he hadn’t made the comment.
Holtz stood by other comments stating immigrants should be “coming to America to become us,” according to news reports.
Holtz’s departure as Arkansas football coach followed his campaigning in North Carolina for U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms. He’d undoubtedly be forgiven today. Perhaps some intrepid sports reporters can get some pithy quotes from Holtz next week. A good question would be how he feels about Trump going wobbly on the invaders.
Holtz is to be inducted to the Razorbacks’ Hall of Honor the weekend of Sept. 1-3, with events including an introduction at halftime of the season-opening football game in Fayetteville. The banquet is in Rogers. That city is home, I hear, to a few invaders from places south of here
More here from Daily Beast on Holtz’s immigrant ugliness. He also picked up the Romney 47 percenter slam. Hall of Honor indeed.