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Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz was planning on attending Saturday's Blue-Gold Game.

But a Christmas present changed the plans of the last coach to lead the Irish to the national championship.

"At Christmas I gave a gift to my son (Skip) to go to Augusta (Ga.) and play (golf) with two friends (at Augusta National Golf Club)," said Holtz, who met with the media before speaking at the Kendallville Chamber of Commerce annual banquet Thursday. "With my schedule, I had neck surgery and been laid up for about eight weeks, and with him being coach at (South Florida), we had one day and one night we could do that, and that's (Friday). That's why I will be getting up a 3:30 in the morning to get down there so I can accommodate my son. And there isn't anything that gives me greater joy than to spend time with my family.

"That's why I will not be at the spring game, but I feel quite confident they will have it anyway."