(NEW YORK) — Michigan football head coach Brady Hoke is taking issue with Notre Dame backing out of their annual rivalry game, and he’s not hiding his displeasure with the school.
Hoke addressed the issue to a crowd of people gathered at the West Michigan Sports Commission luncheon in Grand Rapids. Notre Dame is required to give notice of termination three years in advance. Notre Dame wound up giving their notice on September 22, 2012 — just before the two teams played.
“We have unbelievable rivalry games at Michigan,” Hoke said. “The Notre Dame, that rivalry, which they’re chickening out of…they’re still going to play Michigan State, they’ll play Purdue; they won’t play Michigan.”
Notre Dame’s decision came 10 days after the school announced its move to the ACC. They agreed to play five games against schools in that conference each season.
“The decision to cancel games in 2015-2017 was Notre Dame’s and not ours,” Wolverines athletic director Dave Brandon said in a release in September. “We value our annual rivalry with Notre Dame, but we will have to see what the future holds for any continuation of the series.”
The final game of the series will be played on September 6, 2014, at Notre Dame.
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Jill Martin, CNN