Sep 22, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te

Notre Dame football childishly cancels 2015-17 games against Michigan

Notre Dame football has canceled its scheduled games for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons with the University of Michigan, according to a release on

“The decision to cancel games in 2015-17 was Notre Dame’s and not ours,” said Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon. “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.”

This news is devastating for all college football fans, as the elected movement of realignment continues to brutally damage the fabric of college football and the tradition-laden rivalries that make the sport so compelling.

It is understandable that Notre Dame wishes to make its scheduling more manageable for its move to the Atlantic Coast Conference, but the Irish are going about this all wrong. What we will find out in the coming months is that Notre Dame will also cancel its rivalry with Michigan State, but keep its rivalries with USC and Stanford intact. This move isn’t about shoring up the schedule so that the ACC can fit Notre Dame into the picture, nor is it about making the schedule easier for the Irish. This move entails the Irish waving its proverbial middle finger at the Big Ten conference and saying, “how do you like us now?” Notre Dame operates in childish ways, as far as college football-decency goes, and I will no longer give them the respect that I once had for its academic institution—and football program as a whole.

According to Michigan’s athletic department, the future of the games scheduled to be played in 2020 and beyond has yet to be determined between the rivaling football programs. My guess is that the rivalry will collapse given Notre Dame’s disdain for the Big Ten and its new pseudo-conference affiliation with the ACC.

Michigan is currently scheduled to play three schools in 2015. The Wolverines will begin the season by traveling to Utah, and then will host Oregon State and UNLV in back-to-back weekends in Ann Arbor. The only nonconference opponent on its 2016 schedule is a home matchup against Colorado. There are no nonconference opponents scheduled for the 2017 season now that Notre Dame has backed out of its scheduling agreement.

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  • Rogers Harrison

    Why would anyone that roots for State care about the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry? Michigan created Notre Dame’s national following when it refused to let ND in the Big 10 and told its fellow members not to schedule the Irish. So, they had to schedule schools outside the region.

    You write that Notre Dame is being childish in cancelling this series. Looks to me, as if you’re being childish. Notre Dame doesn’t need the Big 10 and the Big 10 should stop pursuing them. The big 10 should be thrilled with Nebraska. It might not have much when it comes to basketball, but its got a winning tradition coming out of the ying yang in Lincoln.

    In other words, be thankful with what you got and learn to take a hint when Notre Dame keeps telling you “NO!”

  • Ben

    Still bitter about your a-whooping? Looking forward to doing it again next year.
    Spartans = weak.


    Your respect???????BAWHAHAHAHA…..Whatever,GO IRISH

  • Tucker

    As usual, someone who has no idea what the F he is talking about.

  • Frank

    The loss of respect from a guy who had to start his own website to be a sports writer shouldn’t bother ND. Honestly, your rant seems far more childish than anything ND did or UM said in response (which was straight up). And they are the only two with a pony in this race.

  • Marshall

    Actually, if I were a MSU fan, I would read this as a compliment to MSU. (To note, btw, I have ties to both ND and Michigan, so you have ample reason to hate me!) ND has 5 ACC teams to play. It will never cancel Navy because were it not for the Naval Academy, ND would have closed during WW II. ND will never cancel USC it is ND’s biggest rival and the Stanford game gives it an annual West Coast presence. But I do not believe ND will cancel MSU or Purdue because those teams were willing to play ND when the rest of the Big 10, led by Michigan, boycotted ND. Yes, ND wants a couple of games for freedom to schedule after these 10 games are set and so Michigan, sadly in my view, had to go. But I think it is also because ND has real affection for Purdue and MSU above and beyond Blue.

  • Stucky

    Wow! I thought it was about Notre Dame playing in areas of great football talent to try and improve their recruiting.