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They're supposed to be their school's
future, but now they're expected to
be the present, too. How do these two
highly touted signal callers stack up?
M. Manningham R. Mallett
J. Hemingway D. Cone
B. Minor J. Sears
J. Sears D. Warren
You can read it in a book
ne comment changed the went into one of the oldest college
course of my week and football rivalries.
opened my eyes to story Here's a recap.
behind the Michigan Notre Dame Michigan taught Notre Dame
rivalry. how to play the game. Seriously.
I have Mich- The Wolverine players took a
igan coach train to South Bend on Nov.23,
Lloyd Carr to 1887, offered some individual
thank. instruction sessions, won 8-0 and
During the j . then hopped back on a train to go
football team's play in Chicago.
weekly press George DeHaven, a member
conference, of the Michigan team who was
a reporter KEVIN instrumental in setting up the
asked Carr WRIGHT game, put it best.
what made the "We played gently with them
rivalry special The Sophomore that day."
for the coach, From that point, Notre Dame
who's been a always looked to Michigan as an
part of more than half of the games icon. The problem was, the Wol-
the two teams have played against verines didn't feel the same way.
each other (13 as an assistant, eight In 1910, Michigan coach Field-
as a head coach). ing Yost wanted to cancel the game
Carr's response was memorable. after Notre Dame won the year
"This guy, John Kryk, who I before. Yost complained the Fight-
think has written a wonderful his- ing Irish didn't adhere to the West-
tory of the Notre Dame-Michigan ern Conference rules by playing
game, I recommend you find his freshman and students who had
book and read it," Carr said with a already used their eligibility.
hint of sarcasm. Kryk describes the Michigan
Lloyd was probably just trying mindset as an older brother who
to muster -a few laughs. I took him felt the Fighting Irish shouldn't
seriously and read it. always get to hang out with the
I found the Kryk's chronicle older crowd.
"Natural Enemies" at Barnes & It probably didn't help that the
Nobles and settled into a cushioned Notre Dame coach in 1909 was
chair to skim the 298 pages for Frank "Shorty" Longman, who had
an hour (I'm a college student - I played fullback for Yost at Michi-
don't read what's not required). gan. Longman lived in Ann Arbor
And wouldn't you know it, Carr at the time and made every effort
was right. I learned exactly what to brag about the win.
The series didn't resume until
1942 after a 32-year hiatus, and it
stopped a year later. In 1943, No. 1
Notre Dame beat No. 2 Michigan,
and the series was cancelled again.
The two storied programs didn't
return to the same gridiron again
until 1978, 35 years later. The Wol-
verines won 28-14.
The annual matchup became
a fixture after 1978, and many of
them were named after a game-
changing play. There was the
Miracle Field Goal (1980), Rocket's
Returns (1989), the Catch (1991)
and the Tie (1992).
One of the most interesting
stories surfaced in the 1985 game.
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler
had come off a 6-6 season and
hadn't won 10 games in four
straight years. Kryk said critics
questioned whether the game
had passed Bo by. Hmm. Sounds
Michigan, quarterbacked by Jim
Harbaugh, won 20-12, and Schem-
bechler led that year's squad to a
10-1-1 record, including a win over
Maybe Carr's thinking this
year's Notre Dame game can have a
similar effect on his team.
Back to the history. Michigan
leads the all-time series 19-14-1, but
since the rivalry resumed in 1978,
Notre Dame leads 12-10-1.
Throughout the years and the
squabbles, Notre Dame continued
to pursue Michigan as a partner,
See WRIGHT, Page 7B
Height: 6 foot 3
Weight: 207 pounds
lake Village, Calif.
Recruiting hype: No.1 quar-
terback and player overall in
class of 2011 (Rivals.com)
Stats so far: 21-of-38, 178 yards,
0 touchdowns in two games.
Quotable: "I thought he showed really
good poise. I thought there were a number of times
in that film where it's just obvious that he's
going to be sacked, and yet he finds a way
to get rid of the ball so that they don't lose
yardage. I think he moves around well.
He's got a good arm. He's a smart play-
er." - Michigan coach Lloyd Carr