August 26, 2020; Washington, D.C., USA; (Editors Note: Screen grab from Republican National Convention video stream) Former football coach, Lou Holtz, speaks remotely during the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Mandatory Credit: Republican National Convention via USA TODAY NETWORK

Former football coach and ESPN analyst Lou Holtz hasn’t been shy about making controversial or eye-popping comments in recent years.

He got in hot water in 2008 for saying “Hitler was a good leader” for which he later apologized and said he had misspoken. He’s made various controversial comments over the years about immigrants. In 2020, he bemoaned the cancelation of college football games during the COVID-19 pandemic by using a reference to the storming of Normandy during WWII, something he would do again.

Holtz has been a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump and publicly endorsed him during his election run. Trump is now kinda-sorta-not-really-but-maybe starting a run for the 2024 Presidential election and is hosting rallies around the country with candidates he’s endorsed for the 2022 general election.

Holtz was on hand over the weekend to speak at one of those rallies in South Carolina (Holtz coaches the Gamecocks football team between 1999 and 2004). He specifically cited three reasons why he is supporting Trump.

There has been much made elsewhere of Donald Trump’s intentions and record as President of the United States, much of which doesn’t exactly line up with how Holtz paints him here. And naturally, there were some strong reactions on social media to these comments. Some of them came specifically from the sports world.

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