Coached Notre Dame football to nine straight New Year's Day bowl games, highlighted by an undefeated national-championship season in 1988. Told the story of the season in The Fighting Spirit, one of several New York Times best-sellers written by Holtz. Guided six different schools to college-football bowl games, an NCAA record. Spent his last season as an assistant coach with Ohio State in 1968, winning a national championship on Woody Hayes' staff. Left college for the 1976 season, coaching the New York Jets to a 3-10 record before returning to campus life as Arkansas head coach. Won college football's Coach of the Year award (renamed the Bear Bryant Award in 1986) in 1977 and 1988 and has become a highly sought-after speaker for his folksy wit and wisdom on life and football. Devotes time to helping children with speech impediments, an affliction he dealt with himself before working for CBS and ESPN as an analyst. In 2003, Columbia, SC, renamed its winter homeless shelter after Lou and his wife Beth, in recognition of their contributions. Ended his coaching career after 2004 season with South Carolina. Briefly considered a run for Congress in Florida in 2009.