Van Bergen: End of rivalry hurts both 

September, 25, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The reaction was simple, from Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon all the way down to former Wolverines players. When Notre Dame made the decision to pull out of the Michigan series for the foreseeable future, one thought kept popping up.

Disappointment.

“I’m kind of disappointed that’s the direction they went,” former Michigan defensive lineman Ryan Van Bergen said. “I think it’s a great rivalry for the players to play in, the fans to get into it. We’re two of the most nationally well-known teams in the country and for that game not to be a part of college football is going to take away, I think, from both programs especially when it comes to strength of schedule out of conference [for Michigan].

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