Brian Kelly – Michigan not “historic” rival
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly made some pretty big news yesterday when asked about the cancelling of the series with University of Michigan. Kelly said that the rivalry is really not much of a rivalry, shocking news to me. Instead Kelly called it more of a regional rivalry, even more shocking. I’m not a huge college football fan but I have to say that’s one of the games I look forward to every year.
”I really haven’t seen it as one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries,” Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly said during a conference call with reporters. ”I’ve seen it as just one of those great football games that Notre Dame has played.
”For me, I’ve been in Michigan a long time, I’ve always felt the Notre Dame-Michigan game was a big regional game.” (Yahoo Sports)
Notre Dame is joining the ACC in other sports and to keep their spot have to schedule five ACC opponents a year in football. That means one of their annual games, they have six of those, had to go if they still wanted to keep a cupcake game or two.
Those six annual games include USC, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Navy and Purdue. Depending on the ACC teams they face in any given year they could have a very, very tough schedule if they kept them all. So naturally one of the toughest games had to go, so bye bye Michigan. There’s no way Notre Dame was giving up the USC and Stanford games, they’re huge for recruiting.
I can understand why Notre Dame made this decision but for Kelly to demean the rivalry the way he is, is just sad. While Kelly may not think this is a historic rivalry, it is, no matter how many seasons they didn’t face off.