Lou Holtz Praises Vinny Cerrato
Lou Holtz does have a colorful way of talking, no? The
frootier than Froot Loops colorful ESPN analyst was on the Mike Wise Show this morning, and at the end of a long segment about college football, Wise asked Holtz whether he'd retain Vinny Cerrato if he were hired in Washington.
"I'll tell you what, Vinny Cerrato, wildest man in captivity, bar none," Holtz said. "Hey, sometime we could have a whole show on Vinny Cerrato. I mean, the guy really is a tremendous individual and a good friend and I'm proud to know him
Holtz was asked what the young Cerrato was like when they worked together.
"I go to Minnesota, he's a GA, I don't know him," Holtz remembered. "He looked a little sneaky, I didn't know anything about him. But you know, you keep him on, Minnesota had lost 17 straight games, he's a good recruiter....I give him something to do, I say do this, and two days later, a day later, an hour later, he's sitting there, he says it's done. Every time I give him something, it was done immediately, and I thought this guy's special. So I hired him at 25 years of age as my recruiting coordinator at Notre Dame, and I'll tell you what, the Rocket Ismails, the Ricky Watters, the Tony Rices, it's all because of Vinny Cerrato."
Before he signed off, Wise asked Holtz whether Vinny still bounces football questions off him.
"No, not a whole lot," Holtz said. "He's just a good person, but he's smarter than me, why would you bounce something off of somebody you're smarter than? Hey, I'm the only guy that's written more books than he's read."
Wise promised to have Holtz on at a further date for an entire Cerrato segment. That might be worth a listen.
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