Report: Lou Holtz not returning to ESPN this fall

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Lou Holtz has been a fixture on ESPN since 2004. (Allen Kee / ESPN Images)

Lou Holtz isn’t returning to ESPN this fall. reported Sunday night that the former coach and the network have parted ways, a move somewhat expected since Holtz, who is 78 years old, said last year that he wouldn’t return this fall.

Holtz, who coached at William & Mary, N.C. State, Arkansas, Minnesota Notre Dame and South Carolina — in addition to almost one season with the N.Y. Jets — before going into broadcasting, had been at ESPN since 2004.

“Lou brought a champion’s perspective and a legacy of accomplishment to our coverage along with his distinctive style and humor. We appreciate his contributions and wish him all the best in the future,” an ESPN spokesman told

“Saturday College Football Final” will look dramatically different next season.

Former host Rece Davis is joining “College GameDay” (replacing Chris Fowler) and now Holtz is leaving, leaving only Mark May from that trio.

“Lou enjoyed his time and friendships made at ESPN and looks forward to other opportunities in college football,” Sandy Montag, Holtz’s agent, told


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