Sep 6, 2014; South Bend, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke and Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly shake hands after Notre Dame defeated Michigan 31-0 at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
Is Another “Under the Lights” in the offing?
Michigan’s on-and-off again rivalry with Notre Dame might be on again soon.
Last week, ND coach Brian Kelly said on Thursday’s Rich Eisen show, that the legendary Michigan-Notre Dame football rivalry may be back in the works.
"“I think it’s trending up,” Kelly said. “It’s something that we need to get obviously in line to get that going. I think that’s something that everybody wants to get going and get Michigan back on the schedule. … I think that sentiment is coming back to the forefront of where college football needs to be. Some of those classic rivalries coming back together. I know we’re going to be working hard to see if we can get that done.”"
This week, it was Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh who spoke on the subject: “I’d probably have a conversation with coach Kelly about that before anybody else,” he said during this week’s Big Ten teleconference. “That would probably be the best course of action”
The negotiations would no doubt be sticky, since the series has been cancelled several times as the rivalry grew. At one point, legendary Michigan coach Fielding Yost cancelled a game (1910) because Notre Dame supposedly used ineligible players (1910). Notre Dame later accused Michigan of keeping Notre Dame from joining the Big Ten.