ESPN posted a statement on its website saying Lou Holtz won’t return as a college football analyst in 2015:
“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.”
Holtz’s agent, Sandy Montag, told Richard Deitsch at SI.com: “Lou enjoyed his time and friendships made at ESPN and looks forward to other opportunities in college football.”
Holtz, 78, had been at the network since 2004. Last May, he said he planned to retire after the 2014 season.
“I’d like to leave when people say, ‘Why are you leaving?’ not ‘When are you leaving?'” Holtz told Blue and Gold Illustrated. “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.”