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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:40

Michigan's Brady Hoke on Notre Dame 'chickening out'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Michigan coach Brady Hoke has taken the Notre Dame rivalry up a notch. Hoke made a crowd chuckle on Monday at West Michigan Sports Commission luncheon by saying the Fighting Irish are "chickening out" from the storied series. Notre Dame exercised an option in its football-scheduling contract with Michigan last fall to cancel games from 2015-2017. Hoke lamented that the Irish will continue to play rivals Michigan State and Purdue, joking he knows why they made that decision. A letter from Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon that opted out of the game was obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request. Swarbrick wrote then that the move was necessary because of commitments to the Atlantic Coast Conference.