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Notre Dame's Kelly: Michigan game a great, historic rivalry

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  • Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly yells to his team Saturday during the second half against Temple in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame defeated Temple 28-6.

      Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly yells to his team Saturday during the second half against Temple in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame defeated Temple 28-6.
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Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has changed his stance two days after saying he didn't consider Michigan "one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries."

He started his news conference Tuesday by saying he wanted to "dispense with the nonsense" and called the series against Michigan "a great and historic rivalry." The 14th-ranked Irish are making their last scheduled trip to Michigan on Saturday to face the 17th-ranked Wolverines, their first game since Notre Dame decided last year to cancel games scheduled for 2015-2017.

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Notre Dame has said the move was necessary because it committed to play five games a season against Atlantic Coast Conference teams after joining the league while staying independent in football. Michigan coach Brady Hoke accused the Irish of "chickening out" of the series.

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