I kind of see what Kelly is saying... I thought it was silly at first, but now that I read it again I kind of agree. He says it's not a "historical" or "traditional" rivalry. Compared to Ohio State and Michigan State, Notre Dame doesn't have the history that the others have. I heard Hoke's comments on this and he never once defended it as a historic rivalry, he just stated that Notre Dame always provides good football game that is loved by America and he doesn't understand why Notre Dame is chickening out. Undoubtedly it is a modern rivalry, but comparatively, it isn't historical. I still think Kelly is a pansy for withdrawing from it though.