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Notre Dame will end annual Michigan football series after 2014

Theo Riddick and the Irish edged the Wolverines on Saturday in a rivalry that could soon go on hiatus. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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