GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - As the scheduled meetings on the gridiron between Michigan and Notre Dame near an end, Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke says the Irish are "chickening out of" the rivalry.
Hoke made the statement Monday while speaking to local football coaches and athletic directors at the West Michigan Sports Commission's annual luncheon. He was the keynote speaker at the event at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.
"We are fortunate to have unbelievable rivalry games at Michigan," said Hoke. "The Notre Dame game, that rivalry, which they're chickening out of. They're still going to play Michigan State, they're going to play Purdue, but they don't want to play Michigan. I don't know how they made that decision."
Michigan and Notre Dame will play Sept. 7 in Ann Arbor and next year in South Bend before the hiatus takes effect.
Last year the Irish decided to move to the Atlantic Coast Conference in every sport except football, though the football team will play five games a year against league opponents.
Michigan leads the all-time series -- 23-16-1 -- which dates back to 1887.
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