Former coach Lou Holtz given South Carolina degree


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Longtime former college football coach and ESPN broadcaster Lou Holtz received an honorary doctorate of education as featured speaker at the University of South Carolina's commencement ceremonies Monday.

Holtz coached the Gamecocks for six seasons from 1999-2004. He had the only winless season of his career while at South Carolina, going 0-11 in 1999 before the team rebounded with a 17-7 record and win consecutive Outback Bowls the next two years.

Holtz retired from coaching in 2004 with current coach Steve Spurrier taking over at South Carolina.

Holtz says he thought he laid a firm foundation for the football team that Spurrier has taken to a higher level. The 11th-ranked Gamecocks (10-2) face No. 19 Michigan (8-4) in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day.

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