It seems that the head Michigan Man is out yet again to show his mouth is as big as his waistline. This time, however, the target of Brady Hoke’s ire isn’t Ohio State (which, no matter what Hoke tells you, is indeed a separate and distinct institution than that of Ohio University), but Notre Dame. Now that the Irish are off to sort of join the ACC, some games are falling by the wayside, and that gives Brady Hoke the sadz.
Via CoachingSearch.com, we get Hoke’s remarks to a group in Grand Rapids:
“We are fortunate to have unbelievable rivalry games at Michigan,” Hoke said. “The Notre Dame game, that rivalry, which they’re chickening out of. They’re still going to play Michigan State, they’re going to play Purdue, but they don’t want to play Michigan. I don’t know how they made that decision. I really do.”
Hoke may not know how Notre Dame made their decision, but it’s fairly easy to suss out, even for the average layperson. Notre Dame’s rivalries with Purdue and Michigan State are more storied, traditional, frequent, or whatever word you’d like to use, than their rivalry with Michigan. With Notre Dame’s pledge to play five ACC games per year, some “regular” games have to go. As it often goes with downsizing, last hired, first fired. Sorry, Michigan, you just didn’t have the tenure.