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Louis Nix fires back at Hoke’s ‘chickening out’ comments about Notre Dame

Louis Nix, Steve Elmer AP

Michigan coach Brady Hoke has been known to take a shot or two at someone else’s expense while coaching the Wolverines. Of course, there’s the whole “Ohio” deal with Ohio State, and earlier this week, Hoke took a dig at Notre Dame for “chickening out” of future game dates.

Here’s what Hoke had to say, via Keith Arnold over at Inside the Irish:

“We are fortunate to have unbelievable rivalry games at Michigan,” Hoke said at a booster luncheon in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “The Notre Dame game, that rivalry, which they’re chickening out of, but…” Hoke said, before being interrupted by applause, and pausing to appreciate the verbal haymaker he landed.

“They’re still gonna play Michigan State, they’re gonna play Purdue, but they don’t want to play Michigan. So… ” Hoke continued to an approving crowd. “I don’t know how they made that decision.  I really do.  But anyway, that’s a great national rivalry game. It’s a great game.”

Not surprisingly, the quotes went viral and Irish nose tackle Louis Nix fired back at Hoke on his Twitter account Tuesday. “Chickened out? #MeatChicken will taste delicious Sept 7th. #GoIrish” Nix tweeted (click hashtag for details).

As is almost always the case with scheduling, there’s a lot to consider. Notre Dame will soon begin to play five ACC opponents every year as part of an agreement with the conference. That’s already resulted in some tension between the Irish and Arizona State over future games. Also, the Big Ten will go to a nine-game conference schedule beginning in 2016.

But Arnold did a little bit of digging for his blog today and found something interesting: the decision to put the 2018 and ’19 games on hold was Michigan’s idea (though Dave Brandon disagrees).

The two sides are set to put their rivalry on hiatus after the 2014 season anyway, but neither side wants it to end (despite the words between them). As of today, the series is tentatively set to resume in 2020.

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19 Responses to “Louis Nix fires back at Hoke’s ‘chickening out’ comments about Notre Dame”
  1. mediocrebob says: May 14, 2013 2:29 PM

    I love Big Lou but shut up. Let those morons talk. Just beat them senseless in Sept. they don’t need any added motivation.

  2. jrod2go says: May 14, 2013 2:50 PM

    I look forward to that game every year and it sux that ND backed out because of theACC commitment. I don’t blame them for wanting to soften the schedule so that said, Hoke is right, they are chickening out. Scared they can’t guarantee themselves a win in that game.

  3. overratedgators says: May 14, 2013 2:52 PM

    Fat guy fight. Awesome.

  4. BrownsTown says: May 14, 2013 3:07 PM

    Have you seen Hoke? The man obviously knows chicken when he sees it.

    And in this case, he’s absolutely right.

  5. mrlaloosh says: May 14, 2013 3:51 PM

    Let these two irrelevant teams play each other. Nobody cares. Only loser Midwesterners.

  6. mediocrebob says: May 14, 2013 4:24 PM

    That irrelevant team that played for the NC last year moron

  7. helladonks says: May 14, 2013 4:37 PM

    A mediocre team being blown out in the NC game they never belonged in=\=a good team.

  8. polegojim says: May 14, 2013 4:49 PM

    Hoke is dead on! Why not cancel Purdue instead???

    Same approach as Ohio State though… must be the ‘trend’.

    Amazing that some of you guys think the fat jokes are original and funny…. sheesh… grade schoolers.

  9. mediocrebob says: May 14, 2013 5:26 PM

    They went 12-0 and didn’t cheat at all (OSU) and played a much more difficult schedule than anyone else in contention. Maybe nd wasn’t one of the top 2 teams in the country, but to say they didn’t deserve to be there is ignorant.

    Had OSU not cheated and it been nd OSU in NCG, were calling nd the national champs right now. Oregon choked. Who else was there?

    Think before you post.

  10. spunhead73 says: May 14, 2013 6:21 PM

    OSU had a tougher schedule than ND? Typical ignorant OSU fan. They had one tough game,and that was against Michigan. Other than that,the BIG 10 sucks. OSU fans are the most ignorant fans in the land,and their team was the most overrated 12-0 team of all time. Have fun this year playing cupcake teams as usual.

  11. gtizzo says: May 14, 2013 6:49 PM

    Fighting like an old married couple. The two sides want to play each other this is just posturing. ND doesn’t want to give any edge to a rival and Michigan isn’t about to give an inch. Should add some spice to this years game. I like the fact Nix responded, I wonder if they will shake hands after them game? Should it come to violence I suspect Nix will be more than happy to spike Hoke in the end zone.

  12. bigdinla says: May 14, 2013 6:50 PM

    Would be an epic grudge match! Home vs Nix at the all you can eat chicken buffet! That is must watch tv!

  13. irishdodger says: May 14, 2013 7:00 PM

    Most college football fans don’t know their college football history as it pertains to these two teams. For all you ND haters, you can direct your ire to former MeatChicken HC, Fielding Yost for making ND one of the most recognized & successful football programs in CFB history. Had he not ignorantly black-balled ND from joining the B1G, Rockne wouldn’t have been forced to field a national schedule to fill his slate. ND wanted membership…Meatchicken said ‘no’. Don’t blame the Irish for turning a negative into the golden goose. Believe it or not, college football didn’t begin in 2006.

  14. mediocrebob says: May 14, 2013 9:53 PM

    Where was an OSU fan? I said that ND played the toughest schedule of any team in contention for National Title and didn’t cheat like OSU.

  15. noaxetogrind says: May 14, 2013 10:27 PM

    mediocrebob, you are certainly entititled to your opinion but don’t confuse your opinon with facts. I have no dog in this hunt but by every imaginable formula the team that actually played the toughest schedule in the nation last year that was in NC contention was Florida. They played and beat more top 10 teams than anybody. Sugar Bowl fiasco not withstanding.

  16. florida727 says: May 15, 2013 9:33 AM

    Hmm. Would I rather play Michigan… or Pur-don’t? Tough choice. And people rip the SEC teams for the schedules they play? Laughable.

  17. dkhhuey says: May 15, 2013 12:21 PM

    @med – I must have missed all of the headlines last season accusing OSU of cheating? Please cite said violations so we can see how they went 12 – 0 because of cheating.

  18. amosalanzostagg says: May 15, 2013 10:25 PM

    Damn, I thought it was only the SEC that cheats!

    I’m shocked! Shocked I tell you that OSU is cheating.

    Notre Dame is pure as the driven on snow. I mean, Notre Dame would never let a player on the field that would sully Notre Dame’s pristine image. Wait, Prince Shembo was lawyered up before internal police reports were even filed by University Police who slow walked a criminal investigation on a rape allegation against Shembo. How can a college football player obtain a top rate Chicago attorney who just happens to be a ND grad? How was the lawyer paid for? Notre Dame WOULD never cheat would they? If you believe that I have a blow up doll for you cheap,…er, damn, Manti Te’o is already tweeting me that he wants it.

    The B1G better buckle up, because if Urban does to OSU what he did @ Florida, you will not believe how fast the game will become.

  19. 1historian says: May 15, 2013 10:25 PM

    Don’t let facts get in your way Hoke, but the 2 year hiatus was agreed on informally a few years ago.

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