ND-Michigan to take break in 2018-19

Notre Dame and Michigan will take a two-year break in their rivalry in 2018 and 2019, Michigan announced Wednesday in a release. They intend to resume the series in the years following.

The two schools last took a two-year break in the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

Michigan, which released its 2014-16 nonconference schedules Wednesday, will play Notre Dame in the second week of the season in each of the next four years. (The schools meet in Week 4 this year.) Here are the future dates:

  • Sept. 7, 2013: at Michigan

  • Sept. 6, 2014: at Notre Dame

  • Sept. 12, 2015: at Michigan

  • Sept. 10, 2016: at Notre Dame

Michigan did not release its 2017 schedule.

The two schools agreed to a 20-year extension of their rivalry in 2007, taking the series through the 2031 season. But the series was on a three-year rolling basis, giving either side the chance to opt out with three years' notice.

Wolverines athletic director David Brandon was noncommittal during a May interview with the Chicago Tribune's Brian Hamilton.

"What I personally know at this point is that we're going to play for the next three years," Brandon said. "I don't have any control over what Notre Dame may be thinking moving forward beyond that. And the world is changing pretty rapidly. All I can assure you of is we're going to play them the next three years.

"Once we play them this year, it will be another three years. It's kind of an 'evergreening' contract, that we're going to keep playing them with a three-year commitment, but that can change if conference realignment occurs, if there's a number of different variables that occur. That would be something both schools would have to look at."