Many people have felt for a while that the Michigan-Notre Dame series was on its last legs and that the rather tumultuous relationship these two storied teams have had over the past 100 or so years could be coming to end. Well, the first step before the two schools decide they have irreconcilable differences came Saturday in the form of a report from the Alabama Press Register:
White said the Fighting Irish will take a short break from their Big 10 rivals in the future, replacing Michigan with Oklahoma for a two-year period, then facing Arizona State instead of Michigan State for two years.
The article was about Notre Dame not being able to fit Alabama on the schedule in the coming years because of contractual obligations with the Big East and the long standing relationships with Big Ten Schools.
Anyway, it’s a shame that there will have to be a break in this series because it is one of the truly unique rivalries in college football. How many other rivalries involve a team (Michigan) which literally taught the other (Notre Dame) the game and then watched the team they taught ascend to the pinnacle of the college football world and win more national championships than them? (That was for you Michigan fans).
What is nice, however, is that we’ll get to see an Oklahoma-Notre Dame game in Notre Dame Stadium again. During Oklahoma’s last trip to South Bend, a young head coach named Bob Stoops was in his first season as the head coach for the Sooners:
“Notre Dame just basically whipped us in the second half. Their will to win was greater than ours,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “Jarious Jackson just did it all himself. He was a major factor and the difference in the game. He made us look foolish at times, missing tackles and giving up big runs.” (10/2/1999 – AP).
With out getting too off topic here, does anyone else find it disturbing that Bob Davie holds an undefeated coaching record against Pete Carroll AND Bob Stoops?