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Hoke says Irish ‘chickening out’ of Michigan series

May 14, 2013, 7:40 AM EDT


God bless Brady Hoke.

During a time of year where just about anything counts as college football news, the Michigan head coach provided some real bulletin board material and ratcheted up a Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry that will be coming to a temporary end after the 2014 season.

“We are fortunate to have unbelievable rivalry games at Michigan,” Hoke said at a booster luncheon in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “The Notre Dame game, that rivalry, which they’re chickening out of, but…” Hoke said, before being interrupted by applause, and pausing to appreciate the verbal haymaker he landed.

“They’re still gonna play Michigan State, they’re gonna play Purdue, but they don’t want to play Michigan. So… ” Hoke continued to an approving crowd. “I don’t know how they made that decision.  I really do.  But anyway, that’s a great national rivalry game. It’s a great game.”

It didn’t take long for Hoke’s comments to go viral, and we’ve got a YouTube video of the speech below. It also likely served Hoke’s purpose to poke a little fun at Notre Dame, who coming off a 12-1 season and an appearance in the national championship game, hold quite a bit more momentum than the Wolverines do after a disappointing 2012 campaign ended with five losses after opening the season ranked in the top ten.

There are plenty of points worth noting about the future of the Irish-Wolverines match-up, Notre Dame’s upcoming scheduling conflicts, and the alleged death of a rivalry. For Michigan fans, Hoke’s call out was music to their ears. For Irish fans, pointing out the murders row of Michigan non-conference games, which include games against Central Michigan, Akron, Appalachian State, and Miami (Ohio) in the next two seasons, probably serves as a worthy counterpoint if we’re discussing chickening out.

One interesting point to note is that Hoke’s comments all but guarantee that Michigan will honor their visit to South Bend in 2014, a game that some thought athletic director Dave Brandon would drop with the Big Ten changing to nine-game conference schedule in 2014.

Until then, this will throw a little bit more gas on the fire in a growing rivalry between Hoke and Brian Kelly, a head-to-head match-up that has seen Hoke’s teams win just once (2011) in five attempts against Kelly.

In case you were wondering, Notre Dame plays under the lights in Ann Arbor on September 7.


  1. gr3710 - May 14, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Alabama just scored again

  2. fw190wuerger - May 15, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Always fun to see which haters show up to play. Guess my favorite this column is Sparty and his claim of weak ND scheduling.

    Maybe we could toughen up our schedule with some of Sparty’s opponents, e.g., Youngstown State, Florida Atlantic, Eastern Michigan, Jacksonville State, Furman.

  3. mediocrebob - May 15, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Notre Dame is not inACC for football. They have agreement to play 5 ACC games a year. Big 10 is bad. There’s really no argument against that.

    “Alabama just scored again”. Did you come up with that?wow At least be original. Oh, how’d your team do in the national championship ?

    I’d be jealous too guys. It’s not too late to hop on the Irish bandwagon. Here come the Irish (again)

  4. larrydavid7000 - May 15, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Hey nd why don’t you play Alabama every year instead.?!!!!!!!! ROLL TIDE. WHAT WAS THE SCORE OF THAT GAME AGAIN?????!!!!!.

  5. pastabelly - May 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Will Michigan again be scheduling UMass? Hopefully, that wasn’t a one game series.

  6. paulhargis53 - May 16, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    ajw: 2nd place is the 1st loser.

    ND was pummeled in that game. Who cares if you made it? They shit the bed when they got there.

    9 wins this season tops. TOPS!

    • mediocrebob - May 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      That’s what everyone said last year.9wins

    • mediocrebob - May 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      And I’ll take 2nd loser over where everyone else finished. Nobody ever said bama wasn’t the best team in the country. You bama fans are really subconscious

  7. paulhargis53 - May 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    1st off, I’m not a Bama fan. I’m not a college football fan per se. I just detest ND football fans.

    Secondly, I think the term youre looking for is ” self conscious”. I’m not that either.

    • mediocrebob - May 18, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Oh my gosh! You’re right! Thank you for the correction.

      And since you don’t follow college football, your opinion REALLY means nothing and you bring nothing to the table except grammatical corrections.

  8. broncosfan29 - May 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    aceinthehole12 – May 14, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    I hope we see a repeat of last year’s whooping except ND scores about 40.

    WOW. Since when is 13-6 a whooping?????

  9. goodfellas17 - May 26, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Beat Ohio St once in the next five years and maybe your ready for Irish. Lol! Stop crying coach!

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