In the past, ND often had people around to rein in the worst anti-competitive instincts of certain collars in power. But by 1996, the only one left to do that was Holtz himself, and the knife was firmly ensconced in his back by then.
I still think Father Jenkins wants ND to be a champion again. He did fire Willingham, after all. But I think he's put too much faith in his coaches and ADs, and/or he's been too patient with them.