The Sept. 7 clash between Notre Dame and Michigan has been billed as the last game between the two rivals at the Big House for the foreseeable future, and Wolverines athletic director Dave Brandon confirmed the rivalry's demise Friday.
Brandon went on the SiriusXM College sports talk radio show Friday afternoon and expressed his disappointment in the end of the series and revealed that it could be a decade or longer before the two rivals play again, as tweeted by Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com:
Dave Brandon on Sirius: "I don't know why (Notre Dame) made the choices they did ... we're disappointed."— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) September 6, 2013
Brandon: "As it sits right now, it's going to be as far as I can tell ... it's going to be 10 years or longer before (UM-ND resumes)."— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) September 6, 2013
Brandon's remarks come less than a week after Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly claimed that he doesn't see Michigan as one of ND's traditional, historic rivals, which was reported by Tom Coyne of the Associated Press (Via Yahoo! Sports).
As written by Coyne, the Notre Dame-Michigan series dates back to 1887, when Michigan students trekked to South Bend to teach ND students the game of football.
Since then the Wolverines and the Fighting Irish have squared off 50 times, with UM holding the all-time advantage 23-16-1.
However, the Irish cancelled the series starting in 2015 after committing to partial membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
It is clear from the remarks of Brandon and the earlier remarks from Brady Hoke that Michigan is unhappy with the rivalry ending. Hoke commented this offseason that Notre Dame was "chickening out" from the series.
Michigan will lose a major draw off its nonconference schedule with the departure of ND. Baumgardner also quoted Brandon saying Saturday's game could be the largest draw ever at the Big House:
Brandon believes Michigan could have the "largest crowd ever" Saturday night.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) September 6, 2013
Notre Dame and Michigan are slated to kick off at 8 p.m. EDT from Ann Arbor. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and will also be the site of ESPN's College GameDay preview show.