Kelly believes ‘strong possibility’ ND-Michigan back on the schedule in next 5 years

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Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly believes they can get Michigan back on the football schedule in the very near future. When I asked him Monday if he thought the game could be back within five years, Kelly said yes.

“We definitely think its a possibility,” Kelly said of Notre Dame and Michigan playing in the next five years. “We think its a strong possibility.”

Kelly was speaking at the Kelly Cares Foundation Golf Outing at Lost Dunes in Bridgman. There have been rumblings about the Notre Dame-Michigan series resuming for some time now but many believed it would take a decade because of the commitments in the schedule both sides have already planned out for years to come but Kelly is making a strong emphasis on getting it back.

“I’ve been probably more vocal on it than anybody else in our court,” Kelly said. “We have teams that we would like to play and measure ourselves. Big Ten teams, SEC schools, Big 12 schools. We can’t play a bunch of Big Ten schools because we’ve got our ACC and then we got Stanford, USC and the Academies. After this home and home against Michigan State, it opens up an opportunity for a home and home with another Big Ten team and we rank Michigan as that next school we’d like to get one with.”

Notre and Michigan played every year from 2002-2014 with Michigan winning seven of those 13 meetings. Notre Dame won the final meeting 31-0 at Notre Dame Stadium in 2014.

In 2012, Notre Dame exercised a clause in the contract to end the series because of the uncertainty for future scheduling for the Irish with the addition of five ACC games per season. That caused a rift between Irish Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick and then Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon. Since Brandon was fired from Michigan, the sides have begun to talk more and the goal of getting the matchup back on the schedule is nearing.

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