Notre Dame fans looking to hate on Michigan after this year will have to do it by proxy, and a former Irish assistant already got the ball rolling there this week.
Ed Warriner coached Notre Dame's offensive line under Brian Kelly in 2010 and 2011 before moving on to Ohio State in 2012, where he serves as the Buckeyes' co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach under Urban Meyer. At a fan event Tuesday, Warriner played to the crowd of Buckeye fans by offering up this line (hat-tip to College Football Talk):
Warinner on lost playbooks in Michigan: "I heard Brady was upset because he hadn't finished coloring them."— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) April 2, 2014
These fan events tend aren't anonymous gatherings where coaches can say whatever they want anymore -- any comment that can be perceived as inflammatory almost certainly will make national headlines. Hoke, for instance, told a group of Michigan fans Notre Dame was "chickening out" of its series with the Wolverines, which then turned into a rallying point for September's game in Ann Arbor. After the clock hit zero with Michigan securing the win, the PA system at Michigan Stadium began playing the "Chicken Dance."
So maybe Ohio State fans will bring a bunch of coloring books to this year's annual rivalry game with Michigan after this.