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Former USC coach Holtz booted from Texas high school event

USC coach Lou Holtz waves to the crowd after coaching his Gamecocks to a victory in the 2001 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on New Years Day. USC beat Ohio State 24-7.
USC coach Lou Holtz waves to the crowd after coaching his Gamecocks to a victory in the 2001 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on New Years Day. USC beat Ohio State 24-7. THE STATE

Former Gamecocks head coach Lou Holtz is out as the guest speaker for a Texas high school event after he made controversial comments about immigration at the Republican National Convention.

The El Paso Times reports that Holtz was uninvited from the 90th anniversary gala at Cathedral High School only days after he was announced as the speaker for the October event. The paper reports the school’s selection of Holtz prompted a backlash because of statements Holtz made at the Cleveland convention in support of Donald Trump, calling immigration an “invasion.”

“I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team,” Holtz said a convention luncheon, as reported in the Daily Beast.

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Cathedral has an overwhelmingly Hispanic student body, including many who cross the border from Juarez, Mexico, to attend school. A school official said the high school engaged with Holtz prior to the Republican convention.

Holtz, a national championship winner at Notre Dame, coached the University of South Carolina football team from 1999 to 2004.

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