Lou Holtz issues statement on Sandusky scandal
Former Notre Dame coach and current ESPN analyst Lou Holtz, father to USF head coach Skip Holtz, has been mentioned in news reports this week as being an honorary board member at Second Mile, the charity organization founded by Jerry Sandusky, the longtime Penn State assistant at the center of the child sex abuse scandal that has made national headlines and ended the coaching career of Joe Paterno.
Holtz, responding to media inquiries, issued a page-long statement posted at ESPN.com late Wednesday night, in which he detailed his contact with Sandusky -- he spoke at a fundraiser for the charity in 2009, refusing a speaking fee and making a small donation as he normally does when working with charities. He also made clear his disappointment upon reading this week's news about Sandusky and the allegations against him.
"If the allegations are true, I, like the many good people who support Second Mile, am upset over being misled," Holtz said in the statement. "However, the pain and sadness I feel for the abused children fills me with rage and anyone who enabled this to happen should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. We, as a society, cannot allow this to happen again."