If you're a college football fan, then it's likely that you've seen a Dr. Lou segment featuring Lou Holtz on ESPN at some point. You may enjoy them, you might not, but all that really matters is that you understand that Lou Holtz is not actually a doctor. Or at least, he wasn't before. Now it seems that Notre Dame, the school Holtz spent 11 seasons coaching and where Holtz won a national championship in 1988, is determined to give the man some credibility.
The school announced on Wednesday that Holtz would be one of thirteen people receiving honorary degrees this spring.
The university announced Wednesday that Holtz would be given an honorary doctor of laws degree. Notre Dame previously had announced that Defense Secretary Robert Gates would be the speaker at the commencement May 22 at Notre Dame Stadium.
Among the others who will receive honorary degrees are Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Prize-winning physicist John Mather, former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas.I hope that Holtz, the Nobel Prize winners and space folk appreciate what an honor this truly is. Honorary degrees aren't handed out by Notre Dame all that often, and when they are, they usually go to cultural treasures like L'il Sebastian.* And that little horse could work his way through a corn maze like nobody else.
*Ron Swanson told me this, and Ron Swanson wouldn't lie to me. Even if he does speak on another network that doesn't feature the same quality programming that we do on the mothership.