Michigan coach Brady Hoke joked that he nearly didn't call ESPN's "Mike & Mike" on Thursday. The reason: he "didn't want to chicken out."
Hoke went on to discuss his comment Monday that Notre Dame was "chickening out" of its annual series against Michigan after the 2014 season. He told hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic that he perhaps could have used a different word, but he remains disappointed not to see the two historical powers meet every year.
"Being a guy from the Midwest and watching the rivalry and obviously being a part of it as a coach, we had 115,000 people at Michigan Stadium two years ago at night and Mike [Golic], you were there," Hoke said. "That excitement, that landscape of that game on a national level, it's going to be too bad when that series ends."
Hoke also discussed Michigan's future schedules and the Big Ten's move to nine league games in 2016, among other topics.