Notre Dame canceling football series with Michigan
Brady Hoke likes to say that Michigan has three great rivals in Ohio State, Michigan State and Notre Dame.
It appears one of those is going away -- at least for now.
Michigan has confirmed that Notre Dame has optioned out of its series with the Wolverines, canceling games for 2015-17. The teams' last meeting will be in 2014.
The move was first reported by the Associated Press.
"The decision to cancel games in 2015-17 was Notre Dame's and not ours," Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement. "We value our annual rivalry with Notre Dame but will have to see what the future holds for any continuation of the series.
"This cancellation presents new scheduling opportunities for our program and provides a chance to create some new rivalries."
The rivalry is one of the oldest in college football, dating to 1887. The teams have played every season since 2002, with Michigan holding a 6-5 record in those games.
It lost 13-6 over the weekend, ending a three-game winning streak in the series.
Michigan and Notre Dame had previously agreed to suspend the series in 2018 and 2019. No decisions have been made for 2020 or beyond, according to a school release.
The move comes just days after the Irish announced they are moving to the ACC in every sport except football. As part of that realignment, the Irish will be required to play five ACC opponents every year in football.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke said last week he loves playing Notre Dame because of the history of the rivalry, but understood if it fell apart.
"They've got to do what they need to do for them," Hoke said. "If (the series) continues, it's great.
"If it doesn't, then we'll move forward."