GOP frontrunner Donald Trump already had the backing of Indiana coaching legend Bobby Knight. On Monday, Trump picked up two more from the Hoosier state. Former Notre Dame head football coach and ESPN personality Lou Holtz and former Purdue men’s basketball coach Gene Keady each offered their endorsement for the controversial Republican going against the grain on the eve of the Indiana primary.
“The main reason I’m endorsing [Trump], I’ve played his golf courses, I’ve stayed in his hotel,” Holtz explained while wearing a Notre Dame pullover in a video posted on Trump’s Twitter account. “He does nothing but go first class in everything. He wants this country to be first class as well.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2016
Part of me is sad about this video. Not because Holtz is endorsing Trump, but for the lack of shenanigans attached to Holtz in this video. Maybe I have been too scarred by how Holtz was used on ESPN’s College Football Final show alongside Mark May, what with the antics in fake court battles and, well, just about any time he got a chance to pick Notre Dame to win whatever game was being played at the moment.
Trump has been collecting a number of sports-related endorsements. Paul O’Neil lent Trump his endorsement in March, and we already knew New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was on the Trump bandwagon in New England. NASCAR CEO Brian France is also in on the Trump campaign, as is Jerry Lawler.
Given Holtz’s track record picking Notre Dame to win the national championship, keep an eye out to see if Holtz predicts any victories for Trump come November. If he does, then congratulations to Hillary Clinton.