Mike Hart felt, "You can't be considered a great back until you perform against Notre Dame."
Lloyd Carr, who was 5-4 against Notre Dame, said, "Any player who gets an opportunity to play in that game whether it be at Michigan or Notre Dame or any guy that gets to coach in those games, when he walks out there, there's a realization of how lucky he is."
"When we lose to Notre Dame, it is so disheartening. It leaves a bitter taste you can't seem to get out of your mouth," said DT Tony Henderson in 1994. The statement is eerily similar to Fielding Yost's statement after the 1909 loss.
Three years before he died, Bo Schembechler reportedly said that if he was still athletic director, he wouldn't schedule the Irish even "if they got down on their hands and knees and begged....To hell with Notre Dame."
Gerald Ford (UM, '33) said of the rivalry, "It's good for Michigan, it's good for Notre Dame, and it's good for college football."