Holtz has no plan to run for office

Updated: August 7, 2009, 12:18 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz told an Indiana television station he doesn't plan to run for Congress.

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AP Photo/Joe RaymondLou Holtz tips his Notre Dame cap during festivities prior to his College Football Hall of Fame induction in July.

"I'm working for ESPN. I don't want to run for Congress," Holtz told WNDU-TV of South Bend on Wednesday at a golf outing in nearby Bridgman, Mich. "All I'm going to do is fulfill the commitment to ESPN. I'm prepared for it and then we'll go from there."

A GOP strategist said Tuesday that Holtz was considering running as a Republican for the central Florida congressional seat held by Democrat Rep. Suzanne Kosmas.

The 72-year-old Holtz, who was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame last month, has never run for office. He has worked as an analyst at ESPN since retiring from his last coaching stint at South Carolina at the end of the 2004 season.

A message seeking comment was left Thursday at Holtz's office in Orlando, Fla. His secretary said he was traveling and not available for comment.

Holtz would not say on camera whether he met with GOP officials last week, but WNDU reported that he told others during the outing that he had. Holtz said he is just an average citizen, not a politician.

"I think when you look at the country, you really don't want to get into politics," Holtz said.

Three Republicans already have announced they will run for the congressional seat.

Holtz is the only man to lead six universities to bowl games. He led Notre Dame to its last national championship in 1988 and also coached William & Mary, North Carolina State, Arkansas, Minnesota and the Gamecocks during his 33-season career.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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