Holtz coached Gamecocks to three bowls

Updated: November 22, 2004, 6:08 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As South Carolina coach Lou Holtz left the game he's cherished for 33 seasons, he couldn't resist poor-mouthing himself one last time.

"What am I qualified to do? I don't know, maybe carry the cord" of the coach's headset, he joked Monday.

Holtz, who could make playing Navy sound tougher than playing the Dallas Cowboys, stepped into retirement and cleared the way for the Gamecocks to introduce Steve Spurrier as his replacement Tuesday.

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