The rivalry between The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans unfortunately went by the wayside with Notre Dame dipping their toes in the ACC waters, but according to comments made by head coach Brian Kelly at a golf event in Olympia Fields, Ill., he’d like to keep playing the two longtime rivals.
Michigan and Notre Dame will meetin South Bend on Sept. 6, but despite being annual opponents since 2002 and common opponents since the late 70s have no scheduled meeetings after this year. Michigan State and Notre Dame will play in 2016 and 2017, but are off the Irish schedule for the first time since 1997.
But could the two Michigan schools and an SEC team find a way onto future schedules soon? It’s a complicated deal, but one Kelly and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick are discussing.
“When [athletic director Jack Swarbrick] and I sit down and we start discussing ‘what do you want to do?’, we don’t start or end that without having Michigan or Michigan State part of that conversation, and there’s an SEC school involved in that conversation as well,” Kelly said Thursday. “I can assure you that Michigan, Michigan State and an SEC school is involved in those conversations. How that pans out, I’m telling you, it’s a very complicated deal.”
Let’s hope that at least one of the great Midwestern rivalries in the past few decades can be rekindled at some point in the near future.