Notre Dame has exercised a three-year out clause in its contract with Michigan, effectively ending the scheduled annual football game between the two schools after the 2014 season.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick notified Michigan with a letter sent to Wolverines athletic director Dave Brandon, and obtained by the Associated Press, that cancels games from 2015-2017.
The Figthing Irish beat Michigan 13-6 Saturday night in the latest installment of a series dating back to 1887. The two storied programs have met regularly since 1978 and every season since 2002.
“The decision to cancel games in 2015-17 was Notre Dame’s and not ours,” Brandon said after the news broke today, via the Detroit Free Press . “We value our annual rivalry with Notre Dame but will have to see what the future holds for any continuation of the series. This cancellation presents new scheduling opportunities for our program and provides a chance to create some new rivalries.”
Notre Dame’s impending move to the Atlantic Coast Conference for all sports other than football and hockey requires the school’s football team to play five games each season against ACC opponents.
The two schools were scheduled to take a two-year break in 2018-2019, and on the eve of Saturday’s game, Brandon said he hoped the games would resume in 2020.