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Michigan coach: Irish 'chickening out' of football rivalry

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Michigan coach Brady Hoke has taken the Notre Dame rivalry up a notch.

Hoke made a crowd chuckle on Monday at the West Michigan Sports Commission luncheon by saying the Fighting Irish are “chickening out” from the storied series.

Notre Dame exercised an option in its football-scheduling contract with Michigan last fall to cancel games from 2015 to 2017.

Hoke lamented the Irish will continue to play rivals Michigan State and Purdue, joking he knows why they made that decision.

A letter from Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon that opted out of the game was obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Swarbrick wrote then that the move was necessary because of commitments to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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