ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Brian Kelly might not think that Michigan-Notre Dame is a big deal.
Brady Hoke and Taylor Lewan are quick to disagree.
One day after the Notre Dame coach played down the rivalry -- one that the Irish are leaving as quickly as the contract allows -- it was time for Michigan to discuss their side of the issue.
"This is a great week," Hoke said at his Monday press conference. "This is a historic rivalry that started in 1887, and it is always a lot of fun.
"Coach Kelly said that it might not be a historic rivalry for Notre Dame, but it is for us. (ESPN's College) Gameday has been here six times for the Notre Dame, so it must have some national appeal."
Not only was the 1887 matchup the first game in Notre Dame history -- Michigan had started playing in 1879 -- the Wolverines literally taught the sport to the Fighting Irish.
On Nov. 22, 1887, the Michigan team traveled to South Bend and gave a group of Notre Dame students lessons in how to play the fairly new ...