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Irish ending Michigan series

In a sense, Michigan coach Brady Hoke was right when he said Notre Dame was “chickening out” of its rivalry with the Wolverines.

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In a sense, Michigan coach Brady Hoke was right when he said Notre Dame was “chickening out” of its rivalry with the Wolverines.

No, the Fighting Irish are not literally scared to play Michigan, but if the Wolverines weren’t generally so good Notre Dame might not have pulled out of the series between two of college football’s most famous teams. As is the case with all heavyweight programs, Notre Dame needs to manage the difficulty of its schedule and guarantee regularly playing seven home games.

The Fighting Irish (1-0) visit the Big House on Saturday, their last scheduled trip to Ann Arbor. Michigan (1-0) plays at South Bend, Ind., next season, and then the rivalry takes an indefinite hiatus.

It’s a rivalry that is both historical and significant. Winged helmets vs. golden domes.

But when Notre Dame agreed to play five games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents per season, starting next year, it needed to clear some space — and Michigan got the boot.

“It’s just there’s so many complexities with our schedule and our agreement with the ACC that it’s difficult and frustrating,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “I can see the frustration that would be there.”

Why Michigan and not Navy or Purdue or even Michigan State?

To be fair, there is a lot of history with those rivalries. The Irish have played the Midshipmen more (86 times) than even USC (84).

They’ve played Purdue 84 times as well and Michigan State is next on the most-played list at 75. Michigan’s 40 is behind Pitt (68), Army (50) and Northwestern (47).

Just as important: Notre Dame doesn’t necessarily need another heavyweight on its schedule.

Notes

• West Texas A&M’s athletic director said the NCAA is investigating after the university reported violations found during an internal audit of the football program.

• Three former players are suing the NCAA, saying it failed to educate them about the risks of concussions and did not do enough to prevent, diagnose and treat brain injuries.

• State officials can pursue their bid to steer Penn State’s $60 million fine over the Jerry Sandusky scandal to advocacy efforts in Pennsylvania, a state court has ruled in a setback for the NCAA. The NCAA had asked for the case to be dismissed.


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