Veteran coach still working magic

Updated: October 26, 2004, 3:15 PM ET
By Beano Cook | ESPN Insider
One of the big mysteries in recent college football history remains the unexpected resignation of Lou Holtz in 1996 as Notre Dame's head coach.

Holtz was 100-32-2 in South Bend – second in ND victories only to Knute Rockne – and he led the Fighting Irish to the 1988 national championship and runner-up finishes in 1989 and '93.

Holtz loved being Notre Dame's head coach. He loved the Notre Dame tradition. He loved talking about Rockne and Frank Leahy and the Four Horsemen. He loved wearing the Notre Dame hat. He loved and idolized everything about Notre Dame.

He never embarrassed Notre Dame, and he believed in its values. Maybe the question of why he really left will never be answered, but it's strange he left the job that suited him so well.

Beano Cook

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Carroll H. "Beano" Cook joined ESPN in March 1986 and served as a college football studio commentator and occasional sideline reporter, in addition to offering college football commentary on ESPN Radio. He died in October 2012.