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Notre Dame's Kelly reverses direction on rivalry comment

Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly

SOUTH BEND, IN (WTVB) - It turns out that Michigan versus Notre Dame is a great rivalry after all in the eyes of Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. The long running series that will be renewed for the 41st time Saturday night at Michigan Stadium. Kelly was taking some heat for saying on Sunday that the matchup was a good one, but not a traditional rivalry for the Fighting Irish, rather a big regional game. Reversing field on Tuesday, he termed the series “a great and historic rivalry”. However, following next year’s game at South Bend, the series comes to an end for the foreseeable future after Notre Dame last year notified Michigan it was canceling the contests between the two schools scheduled for 2015 through 2017. That move prompted Michigan coach Brady Hoke to tell a luncheon crowd in Grand Rapids in May that Notre Dame was “chickening out of the series.”