It was 14 years ago, and Lou Holtz, then Notre Dame’s football coach, made it clear to his son, Skip, then Connecticut’s head coach, that he knew who he wanted as his receivers coach. He didn’t need to hear about his son’s recommendation for the job, another young coach who had followed him six years earlier as receivers coach at Colorado State.
“I told him: ‘I don’t know Urban Meyer. I have no intentions of hiring him on. I’ve already decided. I don’t want to talk to him. I don’t want to waste his time or mine,’ ” the elder Holtz recalled this week.
So the night before the final day of the annual coaches convention in New Orleans, Skip Holtz backed off and asked his dad to meet him for breakfast at 7 the next morning before both headed back home.