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Manuel on UM-ND: ‘We’ll see where it goes’

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Michigan leads the all-time series with Notre Dame, 24-17-1.

Ann Arbor – Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly last week while attending the Sound Mind Sound Body Academy in Detroit spoke in positive terms about resuming the football rivalry between the two schools.

Michigan and Notre Dame have not played since 2014 in South Bend.

Kelly said last week, “We want to play,” and Harbaugh said both coaches “mutually got the ball rolling” to revive the series and said it is “moving toward a conclusion.”

Michigan athletic Warde Manuel was asked Thursday after he presented the athletic department budget to the UM Regents about where things stand with Michigan and Notre Dame reviving the series.

“I’ve stated the Notre Dame rivalry is important to us and important to me and to Michigan and to Notre Dame and to our fan base and, I think, to college football,” Manuel said.

He nodded in the affirmative when asked if scheduling Notre Dame is close to being finalized.

“We’ll see,” he said. “We’ll see where it goes.”

Preparing for Nike

Michigan’s teams will transition to Nike apparel beginning Aug. 1, and Manuel said there will be some festivities surrounding that launch. But he wasn’t ready to reveal what those might be.

“We will be inclusive (with fans) as best we can, but we will have some special things around the announcement,” Manuel said. “But now we’re very supportive and very thankful to Adidas for our relationship with them and we look forward to our relationship with Nike.”