The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry is one of the most storied in college football, and if new Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has anything to say about it the teams will get each other on the schedule again during his tenure.
Manuel, hired in January, told reporters Thursday, via MLive.com, that he -- like both Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly -- is in favor of restarting the series that ended in 2014:
"When I played here and for many, many years it was a great rivalry. If there's opportunities in the future to bring the rivalry on the football field back, obviously I'd be open to having that conversation and discussion.
"I think it's not only great for Michigan and Notre Dame football. I think it's great for college football for that rivalry to continue at some point in the future. So we'll see where that goes."
Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick opted out of the series in 2012, leaving Michigan to schedule its limited amount of non-Big Ten games against other schools. Former Michigan AD Dave Brandon said in 2013 it would be "a long time" before the schools played again. But Manuel said Thursday there's always wiggle room, even though the Wolverines have made agreements with some opponents for as far out as 2027:
"I don't know. I've been involved in scheduling football for almost two decades now and you can always try to find ways to put things together. I don't know when the timeline would be, but I'm not worried that we're out (of it) significantly with games. Because even some of the things on the schedule right now, (we're) already having conversations to adjust (things) based on other opportunities they have or we have.
"You're putting those games in place, but they can always be adjusted."
The schools have played 42 times dating back to 1887, with Michigan leading the series, 24-17-1. They played every year from 2002-14.
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