Coach Hoke said,
The Notre Dame, that rivalry, which they’re chickening out of … they’re still going to play Michigan State, they’ll play Purdue; they don’t want to play Michigan.
As everyone knows, Notre Dame will be joining the ACC in all sports except for football. There is a catch, because the Irish will play 5 ACC football teams each year. For some reason Michigan will not be on the Notre Dame Football schedule after 2014, which in my opinion isn’t right or what is best for college football. Michigan and Notre Dame are not only the two most winningest programs in the history of college football and not only that but both are top 30 in academics as well (Notre Dame 17th, Michigan 29th).
There are plenty of other opponents that the Irish could have dumped instead of Michigan. The Michigan game is always hyped and is one of the first major matchups of the football season. It is one of the greatest rivalries in college football today and to take that away from fans is just wrong. Is Notre Dame chickening out of the game? No not at all, but it can look like that from the outside. There could have been multiple disagreements on both sides about the game, but no one knows for sure. After 2014 the rivalry will go into hibernation, but I am almost positive it will be played once again someday.