Michigan will cancel its scheduled series with Arkansas in order to renew its longtime rivalry with Notre Dame.
College football fans are certainly rejoicing at seeing the Wolverines and Irish get that game back on the schedule. But there is still the tinge of disappointment for Arkansas, even with that $2 million paycheck the program will receive for its trouble.
The potential for a marquee game for the program was certainly something lost and it was a game many fans were looking forward to and circling on their calendars.
Arkansas coach, and former Wisconsin coach, Bret Bielema was looking forward to the matchups and told Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune he was disappointed by the series’ cancellation.
“I’m definitely disappointed,” Bielema said. “It was going to be an opportunity to play one of my favorite teams from the Big Ten.”
Like most schools in the SEC, everyone wanted to take a crack at Jim Harbaugh. Arkansas was the only one that was really going to get it any time soon outside of a bowl game. That chance is gone now.
It was clear though Harbaugh was working to renew the rivalry.
So what will Arkansas do with the money?
The vacationing Bielema joked they might open a satellite camp in Cabo.