On September First, 2013 Notre Dame Head Coach, Brian Kelly said:
"I really haven't seen it as one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries," Kelly said on a conference call. "I've seen it as just one of those great football games that Notre Dame has played.Oh yeah really Coach? This chicken and cigarette smoking cherub would beg to differ. Notre Dame and U of M don't play each other every year, but the teams have met on the gridiron 40 times since 1887. In fact, in the 1887 season U of M beat Notre Dame 4 times.
"For me, I've been in Michigan a long time, I've always felt the Notre Dame-Michigan game was a big regional game. But in the Notre Dame history books, this game has (been) played, but obviously there have been some years where it hasn't been played for a number of years."