One of the oldest rivalries in college football may be up for a renewal. University of Michigan and Notre Dame have a football history that goes back to 1887. ESPN is reporting that Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel may be open to scheduling some more games between the two schools:
“If there are opportunities in the future to bring the rivalry on the football field back, obviously I’d be open to having that conversation,” said Manuel, who officially took over Michigan’s athletic department less than two weeks ago. “It’s not only great for Michigan and Notre Dame football, I think It’s great for college football for that rivalry to continue at some point in the future, so we’ll see where that goes.”
Notre Dame decided that they did not want to continue the series after the 2014 season as they were pursuing more opportunities with the ACC.
For his part, Manuel seems to think that there is a good possibility of making the schedules work for both schools:
“I’ve been involved in scheduling football for almost two decades now, and you can always try to find ways to put things together,” Manuel said. “I don’t know when the timeline would be, but I’m not worried that we’re out significantly.”
The two programs have met 42 times with Michigan holding the slight advantage in the rivalry of 24-17. In the last meeting in September of 2014, Notre Dame won the game decisively by a score of 31-0.