Apr 15, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Former Ohio State Buckeyes assistant coach Lou Holtz prior to the annual spring game at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

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Lou Holtz, 83, tests positive for COVID-19

Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz is getting over COVID-19 after testing positive, he said Thursday.

Holtz, 83, told ABC Columbia (S.C.), “I don’t have a lot of energy right now.”

Holtz is best known for his 11-year stint as head coach at Notre Dame, which he led to its most recent national championship in 1988 with a 12-0 record and a win in the Fiesta Bowl. The Fighting Irish went 100-30-2 under Holtz, posting a winning record in all but his first season, 1986.

Before leading Notre Dame, Holtz was the head coach at William & Mary from 1969-71, North Carolina State from 1972-75, Arkansas from 1977-83 and Minnesota from 1984-55.

Holtz also had a brief run as head coach of the NFL’s New York Jets, producing a 3-10 record in 1976.

He followed up his Notre Dame tenure with six years in charge of South Carolina (1999-2004). Overall, Holtz produced a 249-132-7 record as a head coach, and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

The list of coaches who served as assistants under Holtz includes Barry Alvarez, Pete Carroll and Urban Meyer.

After his coaching career, Holtz was a longtime ESPN broadcaster. He also is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, who announced in September that Holtz would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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