As the race for the White House continues to heat up and we're getting closer to knowing who the nominees for each major political party will be, the attention of all campaigns is on Indiana, which holds its suddenly all-important primary on Tuesday.
The front runner on the Republican side, Donald Trump, as picked up several endorsements lately from popular sports figures in the Hoosier State. Last week, it was former Indiana Hoosiers basketball coach Bob Knight who introduced Trump at a rally.
Now, former Notre Dame Fighting Irish head football coach Lou Holtz who is saying he wants Donald Trump as the next commander in chief. In an online video, Holtz explained the reason for his endorsement and it's just as crazy as you would expect coming from the polarizing former sideline general:
Now, before the hate mail from Donald Trump supporters starts coming in, I'm not calling Holtz crazy for endorsing Trump in the GOP primaries. I'm saying the idea of voting for someone because his "golf courses and hotels are first class" is the reason people are growing tired of politics.
There are most likely people voting for all the candidates in both major parties that are supporting their candidate for equally insane reasons. If you haven't already had a chance to vote in your state's primary (or you have and now wait for the general election), please study the candidates positions and make a decision based on more than the fluffiness of towels or how the greens play.
Donald Trump currently sits in the lead in both Indiana, with a win pushing him even closer to the Republican Party's nomination. On the Democratic Party side, former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton is all but assured of the nomination even if she loses every state left to Senator Bernie Sanders.
Lou Holtz endorsed Donald Trump because he likes his hotels and golf courses
#25 Dabo Swinney — $3.31 million
School Salary: $3.30 million
Other Pay: $5,200
Potential Bonus: $1.13 million
Championships (conference/national)*: 1/0
One thing to know: Swinney is in line for a big pay day after guiding the Tigers to undefeated regular season and the No. 1 ranking for most of the season.
* Entering the 2015 season
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#24 Jim Mora — $3.35 million
School Salary: $3.35 million
Other Pay: $0
Potential Bonus: $0.93 million
Championships (conference/national): 0/0
One thing to know: After reports that he was interested in returning to the NFL prior to the season, Mora was quick to shoot those down, saying, "You know how those guys are. Sometimes they just make stuff up, and throw it out there, and see if it sticks."
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#23 Chris Petersen — $3.40 million
School Salary: $3.40 million
Other Pay: $2,940
Potential Bonus: $1.18 million
Championships (conference/national): 5/0
One thing to know: Washington lured Peterson away from Boise State in 2013 by making him the highest-paid coach in the Pac-12, a distinction he still holds. Earlier this season, Peterson returned to Boise to face the Broncos, something he called "awkward."
One thing to know: Mike Gundy is still a coach at Oklahoma State, but he's not 40 anymore (he's 48).
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#20 Mark Dantonio — $3.67 million
School: Michigan State
Conference: Big Ten
School Salary: $3.67 million
Other Pay: $0
Potential Bonus: $0.65 million
Championships (conference/national): 2/0
One thing to know: Despite all his success and a championship contender this season, Dantonio is just the fifth-highest-paid coach in the Big Ten.
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#19 Gary Patterson — $3.94 million
School: Texas Christian
Conference: Big 12
School Salary: $3.94 million
Other Pay: not reported
Potential Bonus: not reported
Championships (conference/national): 6/0
One thing to know: When Patterson took over TCU in 2000, they were in the WAC conference. Since then, they have moved to Conference USA, the Mountain West, and now into an annual championship contender as a member of one of the lucrative Power-5 conferences, the Big 12.