Lou Holtz Angry At ‘Fighting Irish’ Criticism, Don’t Change The Name!


Lou Holtz does NOT want his beloved Notre Dame to drop its “Fighting Irish” nickname … claiming it stems from a group of students who battled the KKK back in the day.

Here’s the deal … the former ND football coach was on Fox News this week and was asked about a recent “Fansided” article which questions if the school should move on from the whole “Fighting Irish” thing — which it calls “a stereotype of the violent Irish.”

83-year-old Holtz was OUTRAGED by the mere suggestion — and told this tale explaining the origin of the Fighting Irish name.

“They were named the fighting Irish because the Ku Klux Klan tried to attack the Catholics,” Holtz said.

“They went down and fought the Ku Klux Klan and that is where the name the Fighting Irish came.”

That’s news to Notre Dame — which states on the official school website, “No one really knows for sure how Notre Dame became universally linked with the Irish.”

“All we have is conjecture. But that’s the Irish way, isn’t it? Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.”

The University says the first use of the nickname… (Read more)

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