Video: Brady Hoke says ND 'chickening out'

Brady Hoke is a “Michigan Man,” so he knows how to excite and pump up the fan base. The latest proof came Monday in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Hoke, while speaking to a group of Michigan alumni, had some interesting words for a longtime rival. Let’s just say, Hoke isn’t a big fan of the Michigan-Notre Dame series coming to an end after 2014.

Here’s what the coach said about Notre Dame:

“We are fortunate to have unbelievable rivalry games at Michigan,” Hoke said. “The Notre Dame game, that rivalry, which they’re chickening out of. They’re still going to play Michigan State, they’re going to play Purdue, but they don’t want to play Michigan. So, I don’t know how they made that decision. I really do. But anyway.”

And watch it below:

h/t: CoachingSearch.com

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Delmar Jones on 5/13/2013 @ 11:48pm EST Said:

How right you are Coach Hoke, they are chickening out because they don’t like to play teams that can beat them. They only play team that the think can beat so that’s why you’re being left out.

Doug on 5/14/2013 @ 10:24am EST Said:

As a MSU fan, I actually agree with Hoke. ND keeps losing to Michigan while they obviously have better luck vs MSU and Purdue.

Troy Shockley on 5/14/2013 @ 4:32pm EST Said:

As a Buckeye fan, i usually don’t pay much attention to Hoke. However, he is on point this time!!! ND is scared of competition!

Bill MacAulay on 5/14/2013 @ 10:20pm EST Said:

Brady, what grade are you in? Are you going to challenge Brian Kelly to a fight after school? Grow up.