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Hoke says Irish 'chickening out' by ending series

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: May 14 2013 08:55:22 AM CDT
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It was last September that Notre Dame notified Michigan that it would not continue its football rivalry with the Wolverines after the 2014 season, but it was over the weekend that Michigan coach Brady Hoke publicly expressed his disappointment by taking a shot at the Irish.

Hoke told a crowd at the West Michigan Sports Commission luncheon in Grand Rapids that the Irish were "chickening out" of their series with Michigan, multiple media outlets reported.

"We have unbelievable rivalry games at Michigan," Hoke said. "The Notre Dame, that rivalry, which they're chickening out of ... they're still going to play Michigan State, they'll play Purdue; they don't want to play Michigan."

Notre Dame gave notice to Michigan on Sept. 22, 2012, that it would discontinue the series beyond 2014.

That came 10 days after Notre Dame announced its move to the Atlantic Coast Conference, an agreement that requires the Irish to play five games against schools in that conference each season.

Michigan and Notre Dame will play on Sept. 7 in Ann Arbor, and then the final game of the series on Sept. 6, 2014, at Notre Dame.

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