Scoop B: Lou Holtz explains signing a Steiner Sports Notre Dame helmet, ‘1988 National Champs, Screwed in 89,90+93’

Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz and RESPECT Magazine columnist Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson at the U.S. Consulate in Manhattan. Photo Courtesy of: Scoop B Radio

Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz checked in with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson on Scoop B Radio. Press Play Below To Listen!



Former Notre Dame head football coach Lou Holtz has the distinction of being the school’s second-winningest coach. Inducted into the College-Football Hall of Fame in 2008, Holtz, 80, spent 11 seasons with the Fighting Irish, from 1986-96. While there, he guided them to an impressive 100-30-2 record, including a national championship in the 1988 season.

Former Notre Dame football coach, Lou Holtz signed helment with “1988 National Champs, Screwed in 89,90+93” inscription. Photo Credit: Steiner Sports

The Irish finished No. 2 in the Associated Press Poll in 1989 and 1993. In 1990, the Irish sunk down to No. 6 after being beaten by losing Colorado in the Orange Bowl on a controversial call.

To this day, Holtz ain’t happy! And he let ya know via his autograph of all things.

The Hall of Fame coach signed an authentic Notre Dame helmet sold by Steiner Sports. Below his name, Holtz wrote: “1988 National Champs, Screwed in 89,90+93. “I remember vividly signing that,” Lou Holtz told me on the Scoop B Radio podcast.

“It was for Steiner Sports. It just came to my mind, that is the way I think.”


So did he actually realize how funny that would be?



“People said: ‘would you write 88 championship?’ I thought I should be writing 89,90 93, also,” said Holtz.  

“So I thought: ‘I’ll write champs 88 screwed 89,90 and 93.’ I just did it as a lark. I didn’t know they would be using that for profit or charity.”

For those keeping score at home, the helmet with the case sells via Steiner Sports for $729.98. Or, if you’re ballin’ on a tighter budget, you can buy the signed helmet without the case for $599.99.



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About Brandon Robinson

Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson is a managing editor and columnist at RESPECT Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @ScoopB and Instagram: @Scoop_B. As a 12 year old, he was a Nets reporter from 1997-1999, co-hosting a show called Nets Slammin' Planet with former New Jersey Net Albert King and Nets play-by-play man Chris Carrino. He's also been a writer and radio host at CBS and a staff writer at The Source Magazine. He's a graduate of both Eastern University and Hofstra University. You can catch him daily on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. Visit to listen. For inquiries and to contact Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson visit