Holtz halts NFL rumors, signs for five more years with Irish

December 06, 1991

Lou Holtz signed a five-year contract extension yesterday, abruptly ending speculation that the Notre Dame coach might leave for the Minnesota Vikings. Holtz feared the continuous speculation would hurt recruiting, but he proved unable to squelch rumors that he might take the NFL job.

Holtz said repeatedly he intended to stay at Notre Dame, but talk flared anew when the Vikings announced Wednesday that Jerry Burns would retire and team president Roger Headrick said he would approach Holtz about the job. Holtz, 54, has a 55-17 record in six seasons at Notre Dame and an overall record of 171-82-5 in 22 years as a college coach.

* Tackle Steve Emtman, the leader of second-ranked Washington's dominating defense, won the Lombardi Award as the nation's top college lineman. Emtman was selected from a group of finalists that included defensive tackle Santana Dotson of Baylor, linebacker Marvin Jones of Florida State and offensive tackle Greg Skrepenak of Michigan.

The winner was selected by a committee of sportswriters, broadcasters and coaches.

* CLEMSON: Tailback Ronald Williams will undergo knee surgery next week and will not play in the Florida Citrus Bowl, coach Ken Hatfield said. Williams injured his knee during warm-ups before the North Carolina State game on Oct. 26 and has never fully recovered.

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