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Fail! Fail! By Michigan, the Chickens of the West

The Michigan Wolverines have cancelled a contract to play a home-and-home football series against UCLA in 2022 and 2023.

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The Michigan Wolverines have bailed on a contract to play a home-and-home football series against the UCLA Bruins in 2022 and 2023, UCLA announced today.

According to the UCLA announcement:

UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero was informed of the decision on June 13, 2019.

The contract, signed by the schools on Sept. 12, 2013, called for a home-and-home series beginning Sept. 10, 2022 at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines were set to make a return trip to the Rose Bowl on Sept. 2, 2023.

Per the agreement, Michigan is required to pay UCLA a $1.5 million termination fee by Sept. 12, 2023. UCLA has already begun the process of finding opponents to fill the vacant schedule slots.

Michigan has instead opted to schedule a pair of home games for those dates against Hawai’i and East Carolina. I guess Jim Harbaugh likes it when his team can beat up on Group of Five schools instead of playing a Power Five school like UCLA.

Given that the contract was terminated in June, I have to wonder if Harbaugh is regretting that decision after seeing how Chip Kelly’s team has played so far this season, especially considering the fact that recruiting isn’t going well for Kelly and attendance at the Rose Bowl this season has reflected the team’s performance on the field.

It’s just as well. UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero is retiring in June and the new AD is likely to inherit the dumpster fire known as the UCLA football program.

Maybe, the new AD will opt to pay Kelly’s $9 million buyout and get the program on the right course just in time for what would have been the second game in the series.

Bruin fans can only hope.

Of course, it goes without saying that hope is not a strategy.

Go Bruins.