Lou Holtz speaks to USC graduates during Winter Commencement on Dec. 17, 2012.
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Former USC Head Coach Lou Holtz gave a lot of pep talking during his long career.
Monday, he gave another one to the 2012 Winter Commencement graduates at the University of South Carolina.
Holtz had been asked to say a few words to the group.
From 1999 to 2004, Holtz led the Gamecocks on the field, then retired from coaching. He's currently an analyst on ESPN.
Holtz had a simple message for those students set to head off into the real world.
"Be enthusiastic for whatever you do. whatever you're doing, have fun, enjoy it," Holtz said. "People say you have fun doing tv. Not necessarily....But I'm going to have fun once they turn that light on. I always had fun coaching, i had fun recruiting. if you have fun doing something people want to be a part of it."
The former coach also received an honorary doctorate of education.
Holtz didn't just talking about academics; before he spoke, he talked a little football with a group of reporters, who asked for his take on the Gamecocks' success in recent seasons.
"The improvement on the field is as great as the improvement off the field," he said. "And it's great to see South Carolina on top. You can't say enough, give Steve Spurrier enough credit, for the tremendous job he has done...his staff. There are no fans that deserve it more."
USC will face off with Michigan in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day. Holtz was 2-0 in Outback Bowls, leading the team to victories in 2001 and 2002.