notre dame http://michiganradio.org en Notre Dame v. Michigan rivalry ends: It's not about tradition anymore http://michiganradio.org/post/notre-dame-v-michigan-rivalry-ends-its-not-about-tradition-anymore <p>Notre Dame announced this week the school is suspending its century-old rivalry with the University of Michigan after the 2014 season.</p><p>The only constant is change.&nbsp;</p><p>Yeah, yeah.&nbsp; We know that – and in case we didn’t, there’s always some office blowhard too eager to say it, as if it’s some profound truth.</p><p>But that’s why, the more things change, the more we appreciate things that don’t.</p><p>When Carole King sang, “Doesn’t anybody stay in one place any more?” she probably wasn’t talking about NFL franchises, but she could’ve been.</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 04:03:16 +0000 John U. Bacon 9268 at http://michiganradio.org Notre Dame v. Michigan rivalry ends: It's not about tradition anymore Is the Michigan vs. Notre Dame rivalry coming to an end? http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-vs-notre-dame-rivalry-coming-end <p>It appears that a storied college football rivalry is coming to an end. The two teams first met in 1887.</p><p>More from the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120925/SPORTS0201/209250404#ixzz27UizX980">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Notre Dame has notified Michigan it is exercising a three-year out in their contract, meaning their last scheduled game against each other will come in 2014.</p><p>A letter from Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon cancelling games in 2015-2017 was obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday through a Freedom of Information Act request.</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><p>The AP reports the teams were scheduled to take hiatus for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.</p><p>The Notre Dame football team is required to play five games against Atlantic Coast Conference teams. The school recently joined the conference, but kept its football team independent.</p><p>ESPN.com reports the two teams have taken long breaks in the past.</p><blockquote><p>They've played every year since 2002 and regularly since 1978 after not meeting from 1944 to 1977 or 1910 to 1941.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon was handed a letter before last Saturday night's game (which Michigan lost 13-6). Brandon said he hopes to work with Notre Dame on another contract in the future:</p><blockquote><p>"The ball is in their court because they've triggered the three-game notice," he said. "We'll play them next year at Michigan Stadium for the last time in a while -- it appears -- and we'll make our last scheduled trip to South Bend in 2014. There will likely be nothing on the board for five years after that. Beyond that, I don't know what will happen."</p></blockquote><p>ESPN.com reports "the Wolverines have an NCAA-best .735 winning percentage in football, and the Irish (.732) are second. Michigan leads all-time series 23-16-1."</p><p>No word on Notre Dame's game contract with Michigan State University.</p></div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><p></p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:44:27 +0000 Mark Brush 9227 at http://michiganradio.org Is the Michigan vs. Notre Dame rivalry coming to an end? Record crowd under the lights sees Wolverines win in final seconds http://michiganradio.org/post/record-crowd-under-lights-sees-wolverines-win-final-seconds <p>Denard Robinson threw a 16-yard pass to Roy Roundtree with 2 seconds left, lifting Michigan to a 35-31 heart-pounding win over Notre Dame on Saturday night.&nbsp;</p><p>The Wolverines took their first lead on Robinson&#39;s 21-yard pass to Vincent Smith with 1:12 left, then lost it. Briefly.&nbsp;</p><p>Tommy Rees threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Theo Riddick with 30 seconds left, but the Fighting Irish left Jeremy Gallon wide open on a pass that let Michigan go from its 20 to the Notre Dame 16.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 03:56:38 +0000 The Associated Press 4107 at http://michiganradio.org