Jim Harbaugh open to reinstating Michigan-Notre Dame series

Wednesday September 16th, 2015

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said on Tuesday that he would be open to rekindling a long-standing rivalry with Notre Dame by reinstating a series between the two teams, the Detroit Free Press reports.

“I would have a conversation with coach [Brian] Kelly about it,” he said on a Big Ten teleconference. “But I would be open to it, yes.”

Notre Dame and Michigan began what became an iconic series in 1978. But Notre Dame's 31–0 victory over Michigan in 2014 was the last game between the two sides for the foreseeable future, as the Fighting Irish exercised an out clause in the contract to end the rivalry. Notre Dame will play five ACC games per season going forward, and cited its increasingly tough schedule as a reason for bowing out of a matchup with Michigan.

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Last week, Kelly said on the Rich Eisen Show that he believes the teams will play again, though he is not directly involved in any talks on the matter.

Harbaugh played in two games against Notre Dame during his time at Michigan, winning in both 1985 and 1986.

In Week 3, Notre Dame (2–0) will play Georgia Tech and Michigan (1–1) will play UNLV.

- Erin Flynn

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