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REMINDER: Michigan Taught Notre Dame How To Play Football

10 Sep 1994:  Center Rod Payne of the Michigan Wolverines prepares to snap the ball during a game against the Notre Dame Figh
10 Sep 1994: Center Rod Payne of the Michigan Wolverines prepares to snap the ball during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan won the game 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allspor

The University of Notre Dame may not want to play football against the University of Michigan any longer. But that doesn't mean the rivalry has to go away entirely. Even if hostilities between the athletes on the field are halted indefinitely, the competition among the school archivists on Twitter may just be heating up.

Ahead of the 42nd and possibly final meeting between the Midwest football powerhouses on Saturday night, U-M’s Bentley Historical Library dusted off a letter from 1894 to tweak its rivals in South Bend, Ind.

The archivists at Notre Dame didn't take the tweet lightly. No, they didn't insist that Notre Dame didn't need Michigan to learn the rules of that newfangled football game back in the nineteenth century. Rather, @NDArchives pointed out that Michigan's football team had taught the game to Notre Dame students even earlier than 1894.

Like many with an appreciation for college football history, both @NDArchives and @umichBentley expressed sadness that there a no more scheduled games in the storied rivalry.

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