Holtz to speak at USC winter commencement

November 29, 2012 

Former Gamecocks football coach Lou Holtz will speak at the University of South Carolina's winter commencement on Dec. 17.

Holtz was the first of two consecutive big-name coaching hires for the Gamecocks.

Holtz arrived in 1999 after a decade of sub-par seasons. The 1988 national title winner with Notre Dame compiled a 33-37 record over six seasons in Columbia. He ranks seventh all-time in wins at USC.

He left the Gamecocks after the 2004 season and was succeeded by former Florida coach Steve Spurrier, who became the Gamecocks' all-time winningest coach in the victory at Clemson on Saturday.

Holtz is a studio analyst on ESPN's college football broadcasts. Holtz and his wife, Beth, established an endowment at the Thomas Cooper Library. He will He will receive an honorary doctorate of education at commencement.

Also at the commencement, Cathy Novinger, a retired SCANA Corp. executive and Columbia-area community leader, will receive an honorary doctorate of public service. She led fundraising of nearly $12 million to build a homeless transition center and has a planned gift for the USC School of Medicine.

Wenliang Wang, chairman of Rilin Enterprises, a Dandong, China-based construction firm, will receive an honorary doctorate of business administration. Wang established the Hodges Scholars Program at USC's Moore School of Business to fund research and scholarships for students and faculty in China.

-- Andrew Shain

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