No money will be exchanged for Michigan’s game at Notre Dame on Sept. 1, but two other non-conference games and a cancellation will cost the Michigan athletic department $4.6 million, as reported by the Detroit Free Press.
Michigan was scheduled to play Arkansas in the season opener before cancelling to restart the rivalry against the Fighting Irish. Michigan paid Arkansas $2 million for cancelling.
The Wolverines athletic department, led by athletic director Warde Manuel, is set to pay Southern Methodist $1.4 million for the game on Sept. 15 and Western Michigan $1.2 million for the Sept. 8 in-state showdown.
Michigan and Arkansas were scheduled for a home-and-home series for the 2018 and 2019 season. The home team would have paid the visiting team $400,000 for each game.
Michigan’s future nonconference games include:
2018: at Notre Dame, Southern Methodist, Western Michigan
2019: Middle Tennessee, Army, Notre Dame
2020: at Washington, Ball State, Arkansas State
2023: at UCLA
2025: at Oklahoma
2027: at Texas