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Kelly: UM and ND to don throwbacks for matchup

Posted on: April 1, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 3:45 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

The Michigan - Notre Dame matchup has gotten some extra hype this year, with the recent announcement that their Sept. 10 meeting in Michigan Stadium will be moved to primetime. It will be the first night game in the history of the storied rivalry, and the first true night game in the history of the Big House. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly recently divulged some even more juicy details about the matchup, telling the media that both schools will be wearing throwback jerseys for the game. He stayed pretty mum on the look of the Irish (the report says Kelly hinted to the Joe Kuharich era -- 1959-62), but gave a pretty good description of how the Wolverines will look for the showdown.

"I'm just trying to help you guys piece together what it's going to look like, without me saying and then getting yelled at by our adidas people that we blew the surprise for them," Kelly told Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune. "But yeah, we're going to have throwback uniforms. As they will. I can tell you what theirs look like: They have a block 'M' on them, and a number, and a number on their helmet. How's that? The adidas people at Michigan are going to be (ticked) at me."

The primetime matchup will be a endorsement dream for adidas, who has largely missed out on the publicity of alternate uniforms in the last couple of seasons. Tennessee made some noise with their Halloween uniforms, but few other examples come to mind from recent history. But there will only be a handful of regular season games in 2011 that will get the treatment of Michigan-Notre Dame. For the last couple seasons Nike has trotted out trendy alternate uniforms for their biggest programs on the biggest stage. Now adidas will get to join the fun for this clash of past, present, and future.

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Since: Apr 1, 2011
Posted on: April 1, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Kelly: UM and ND to don throwbacks for matchup

The first night game in ND history was the Michigan opener in 1982.  I was there and Rockne Stadium did not have lights so they were brought in on trucks that were set up outside.  Great game ND 23 Michigan 17, if I remenber correctly from way back in the Faust era.  As an aside, Coach Faust could have done a better job delegating, coaching and winning, but I would have a hard time picking someone as a good man that represented Notre Dame's ideals.  I'm glad for the throwback idea and hope that college football as a whole would throwback to an era where it would not be more important to keep athletes eligible for a bowl for money considerations than doing the right thing.  Don't think that ND is innocent in that regard either as they canned Ty Willingham (another good man and example to the players) prior to his contract end for winning and money issues.  Wake up NCAA and do a throwback yourself and enforce the rules.  Maybe then the game will mean something and be worth watching again.



Since: Apr 1, 2011
Posted on: April 1, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Kelly: UM and ND to don throwbacks for matchup

Yes the 1990 games was a night game...it was at Notre Dame Stadium...28-24 ND.



Since: Apr 1, 2011
Posted on: April 1, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Kelly: UM and ND to don throwbacks for matchup

Michigan football has been around much longer than Canes have hence UM standing for THE University of Michigan. 



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Kelly: UM and ND to don throwbacks for matchup

That game didn't start under the lights.



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Kelly: UM and ND to don throwbacks for matchup

The Miami Hurricanes...is that the team from that Longest Yard movie?  



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Kelly: UM and ND to don throwbacks for matchup

Please do not refer Michigan as UM...It is an insult to the Miami Hurricanes.....



Since: May 3, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Kelly: UM and ND to don throwbacks for matchup

"It will be the first night game in the history of the storied rivalry" is in accurate.  Michigan and Notre Dame played at night in 1988 and 1990 on CBS which both were close games, one I believe came down to a game winning field goal which if not mistaking was 1988>



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Kelly: UM and ND to don throwbacks for matchup

"It will be the first night game in the history of the storied rivalry"

I don't think that's a true statement.  They played under the lights when Lou was coach in a season opener - 1990?


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