ESPN’s Lou Holtz says he’s retiring … again

Former South Carolina coach Lou Holtz said he's retiring from ESPN after this season. (AP photo)

Former South Carolina coach Lou Holtz said he’s retiring from ESPN after this season. (AP photo)

Is it for real this time?

Lou Holtz has said he’s retiring before, but always returned to ESPN’s college football coverage.

He seems determined to leave for real when he told Blue and Gold Illustrated, a Notre Dame website, that he’s retiring after the 2014 season.

Here’s a part of the website’s Q&A with Holtz, who is 77 years old and has been with ESPN since 2004.

“I’d like to leave when people say, ‘Why are you leaving?’ not ‘When are you leaving?’ This is my fifth last year. They usually talk me into it. ESPN is a great organization to work for. We’ve been together nine years now. That’s unusual. They’re like my family. I love them. We enjoy it. There comes a time where you need to step aside and let the younger people do it.”

And this:

On why he wants to retire after the 2014 season:
“I’d like to practice my golf a little more. I’ve been everywhere except to bed. I’ve spoken to everybody except my wife. Somebody said, ‘Do you ever go anywhere where people don’t recognize you?’ I said home. I owe it to her to spend a little more time with her. I said that last year too.”

ESPN said that Holtz hasn’t said anything to them, so whether he’s leaving for real, remains to be seen.

Holtz coached at North Carolina State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Notre Dame — leading the Irish to the 1988 national championship — and South Carolina before leaving coaching. He also coached the N.Y. Jets for one season.

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