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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, left, talks with quarterback Tommy Rees (11) as quarterback Andrew Hendrix looks on during a time out in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Temple in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, left, talks with quarterback Tommy Rees (11) as quarterback Andrew Hendrix looks on during a time out in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Temple in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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(AP) Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has changed his stance two days after saying he didn't consider Michigan "one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries."


He started his news conference Tuesday by saying he wanted to "dispense with the nonsense" and called the series against Michigan "a great and historic rivalry." The 14th-ranked Irish are making their last scheduled trip to Michigan on Saturday to face the 17th-ranked Wolverines, their first game since Notre Dame decided last year to cancel games scheduled for 2015-2017.


Notre Dame has said the move was necessary because it committed to play five games a season against Atlantic Coast Conference teams after joining the league while staying independent in football. Michigan coach Brady Hoke accused the Irish of "chickening out" of the series.


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