Mike Downey's column of Sept. 18 ("His Safe Calls Were Sane Ones") misses the point.
Lou Holtz was not criticized for going for the tie with Michigan. The criticism was in response to his comments after the game, the utter nonsense that Notre Dame was trying to determine the Michigan defensive alignment.
Holtz should have told the truth and said that he didn't want to lose because a tie wouldn't hurt Notre Dame's chances for a national championship nearly as much as a loss. If he had, he would have been praised for his honesty. Instead he exposed himself for the buffoon that he is.
THOMAS E. MILITELLO