Michigan recently cancelled its upcoming home-and-home series with Arkansas just two seasons before the first game was set to be played.
In college football scheduling, that’s very short notice.
The Wolverines paid the Razorbacks $2 million in order to get out of the scheduled series so they could renew their rivalry with Notre Dame.
On Wednesday at SEC Media Days, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema expressed his disappointment with missing out on a chance to play Michigan.
“I understand how the Michigan-Notre Dame thing sounds sexy to everybody else, but I think Michigan and Arkansas sounds sexy,” Bielema said. “I was very excited about Big Ten vs. SEC. I made a comment in the spring that I’d like to see Big Ten-SEC challenge (to begin the season). My commissioner (Greg Sankey) gave me a little jab back and said ‘that’s a bowl game.’
“It’s just so late, man, that’s what really gets you going. You’ve been counting on this one, it’s your marquee game, you schedule around it and then the rug gets pulled out from under you.”