Natural Enemies

Major College Football’s Oldest, Fiercest Rivalry—Michigan vs. Notre Dame

by John Kryk (Taylor Trade)


The two teams first played in 1887, but from then until 1978 they only played 11 times. This well-researched sports history pays particular attention to the schools’ off-field feuds in the early 20th century, when ND coach Knute Rockne and Michigan coach Fielding Yost were bitter adversaries. The author uses magazines, newspapers and original letters of the time to bring authentic detail to the re-creation of that era. He continues through ND’s Lou Holtz era, when the games often went down to the wire.

Kryk works at the Toronto Sun.

(December 2004)