Notre Dame, Michigan resuming football rivalry

Posted at 10:38 AM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 19:52:56-04

Notre Dame and Michigan have agreed to resume their football rivalry.

The Fighting Irish will host the Wolverines in 2018, and the series will shift to Michigan Stadium in 2019. 

“This is a game that holds great significance for the student-athletes and coaches who compete on the field,” said Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel in a press release.

“A great deal of credit goes to Coach Harbaugh and Coach Kelly for initiating the discussion of scheduling this series."

It was first reported by Sports Illustrated on Wednesday night.

Notre Dame opted out of its series with Michigan in 2012, canceling games in 2015-2017. The Fighting Irish said at the time the move was a precaution as it began the process of a scheduling commitment to the ACC.

“Two of football’s premier programs, Michigan and Notre Dame, playing each other makes sense on every conceivable level and is good for football, good for the players and good for the fans,” Harbaugh texted to the Associated Press.

Michigan and Notre Dame played every year from 2002-14, and have played 42 total games against one another since 1887.