Today, Michigan Wolverines’ athletic director David Brandon announced that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were going to exercise an option that would allow the Irish to end the school’s 125 year old rivalry three seasons ahead of schedule.
The teams already intended to take a two-year break beginning in the 2018 year, but planed to resume the rivalry at some point after the 2019 season.
Brandon, in a statement released today stated that, “The decision to cancel games in 2015-17 was Notre Dame’s and not ours. 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 teams have played 39 times with Michigan owning a 23-16-1 record.
Earlier in September, Notre Dame announced they would be moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference for all sports other than football and hockey, yet would be playing the ACC five games a year on the gridiron.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick made it clear that Standford, Navy and USC were the schools that needed to maintain on the Irish yearly schedule once the contract with the ACC begins.
Notre Dame recently defeated Michigan 13-6 in South Bend, Indiana.