Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 9/1/13
Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly made comments slighting Michigan today. They were on par with the derisive comments made by Wolverines Coach  Brady Hoke in May. It wasn’t a direct retaliation by any means. However, on paper it looks like a measured response to Hoke shooting his mouth off four months ago. The last scheduled Notre Dame visit to Michigan Stadium is Saturday night. It will now get more media attention than it was already receiving. ”I really haven’t seen it as one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries,” Brian Kelly said during conference call. ”I’ve seen it as just one of those great football games that Notre Dame has played. For me, I’ve been in Michigan a long time, I’ve always felt the Notre Dame-Michigan game was a big regional game.” Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick handed Michigan AD Dave Brandon a letter on the field before last season’s game, cancelling the ND-UM meetings which were scheduled in 2015-2017. Really? He couldn’t even bother to tell him to his face? Probably because Swarbrick and ND are now friends with benefits with the ACC. They don’t need the Big Ten as much anymore. In May, Hoke told a Grand Rapids luncheon that Notre Dame was ”chickening out” of the series. ”We’re a team that a lot of people want to play, including Michigan, or Brady wouldn’t comment in that regard,” Brian Kelly said. ”We’re trying to do the best we can while maintaining the independent status and fulfilling the obligations we have with the ACC.” Brian Kelly said he doesn’t believe playing at Michigan for the last time in a while adds anything extra for players. ”They really don’t need any more motivation. There’s going to be over 100,000 people and it’s a very electric atmosphere. That will be enough.” Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) The post Brian Kelly returns fire at Brady Hoke, ND vs UM gets spicier appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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