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10:30 AM ET 11.06 | Notre Dame's president Rev. John Jenkins wrote an open letter to students, faculty, staff and alumni Friday saying that the school is responsible for student videographer Declan Sullivan's death, while also affirming his support for Irish football coach Brian Kelly. While Jenkins also voiced support for Kelly, who has said it was his decision to hold practice outdoors on the day Sullivan died, his letter made no reference to athletic director Jack Swarbrick, who has come under criticism for his handling of the school's response.

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November 6, 2010  10:42 AM ET

You have to consider that such a large university didn't have any kind of safety precautions in place is teaching young adults to lead is somewhat speculative.

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November 6, 2010  10:53 AM ET

Why wouldn't Brian Kelly be responsible? It was his decision to have an outdoor practice. Why would the AD be blamed? When I first heard about this story I couldn't believe they would jeopardize the life of a student by putting him in an unsafe environment.

November 6, 2010  11:03 AM ET

"Notre Dame's president Rev. John Jenkins wrote an open letter to students, faculty, staff and alumni Friday saying that the school is responsible for student videographer Declan Sullivan's death."
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Do you think?? Who else would have been responsible, if not Notre Dame?

November 6, 2010  11:10 AM ET
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Why wouldn't Brian Kelly be responsible? It was his decision to have an outdoor practice. Why would the AD be blamed? When I first heard about this story I couldn't believe they would jeopardize the life of a student by putting him in an unsafe environment.

I understand that, there was a caution label on the lift that stated, do not operate in high winds over 30 MPH. OSHA is also investigating the incident.

November 6, 2010  11:11 AM ET

Blame Kelly, not the AD, Kelly was the one holding practice and was responsible for what took place on the practice field and the filming....Kelly should get suspended or fired.

November 6, 2010  11:14 AM ET
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I understand that, there was a caution label on the lift that stated, do not operate in high winds over 30 MPH. OSHA is also investigating the incident.

There should be a criminal investigation imo

November 6, 2010  11:49 AM ET

Working in an elevated scissor lift in high winds is idiotic. Sullivan and whoever put him up there were ignoring commong sense. That warning label shouldn't even have been necessary.

But, I'm sure Notre Dame officials are working on sainthood for Sullivan as compensation for getting him killed. The "miracle" required is that this hasn't happened before.

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November 6, 2010  12:11 PM ET
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From what i heard, when practice started, winds were at about 20-25mph and then 45 minutes in it starting gusting at 50. They do have an indoor practice facility but I would assume Brian Kelly wanted his players to practice in the wind in preparation for games played in said wind.The only way I would pin this on Brian Kelly is if the kid had told a member of his staff he felt uncomfortable up in the scissor lift and was told he'd be disciplined if he left his post. From all reports, the winds didn't exceed the "danger zone" at the onset of practice and it's highly unlikely for any CFB head-coach to be reading the twitter of his camera guy and actively monitoring the wind speed during practice. You can argue with me on that till you are blue in the face but the fact is, this was an accident that could have been preventable in hindsight but it was a freak accident none the less that likely would have happen a number of places given the same circumstances.

If Brian Kelly wanted to practice in the wind then he should have been up in that lift. Twenty year olds are fearless and don't think of the consequences.

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November 6, 2010  12:38 PM ET
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Why don't people just start blaming George W. Bush for 9/11 while they're at it.

Okay!!!

November 6, 2010  12:38 PM ET

Brian Kelly knew better. He is a murderer

November 6, 2010  12:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

From what i heard, when practice started, winds were at about 20-25mph and then 45 minutes in it starting gusting at 50. They do have an indoor practice facility but I would assume Brian Kelly wanted his players to practice in the wind in preparation for games played in said wind.The only way I would pin this on Brian Kelly is if the kid had told a member of his staff he felt uncomfortable up in the scissor lift and was told he'd be disciplined if he left his post. From all reports, the winds didn't exceed the "danger zone" at the onset of practice and it's highly unlikely for any CFB head-coach to be reading the twitter of his camera guy and actively monitoring the wind speed during practice. You can argue with me on that till you are blue in the face but the fact is, this was an accident that could have been preventable in hindsight but it was a freak accident none the less that likely would have happen a number of places given the same circumstances.

I see your point, but if the kid was properly trained to be up in the lift, then he would have known that the wind at 50 MPH, was over the limit of the caution label on the lift. After all, that is why we have caution labels on equipment.

November 6, 2010  01:10 PM ET

OSHA should fine the University for using the wrong equipment for the job, end of story.

This Illinois @ Michigan is one hell of a game!

November 6, 2010  01:28 PM ET
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Brian Kelly knew better. He is a murderer

what a great first post...NOT looking forward to many more from you

November 6, 2010  01:58 PM ET
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No there shouldn't.this will resolve itself in a number of ways and appropriately but criminal penalties won't solve anything and will ruin more lives.

I hate the domers as much as anyone, but FJJ is right on this one. Stuff happens I doubt Kelly has operated much heavy equipment in his life. Plus who really wants there head coach checking wind reports before practice most of us would be mad as hail if we heard our coach spent to much time worring about the weather before practice. There will be a better solution for filming practice at nd I doubt they want a repeat of this.

November 6, 2010  02:47 PM ET
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OSHA should fine the University for using the wrong equipment for the job, end of story.This Illinois @ Michigan is one hell of a game!

Wonder if the Illinois and Michigan basketball teams will score this much when they play?

November 6, 2010  03:29 PM ET

Mike Leach got fired for having a kid with a concussion sit in a shed out of the sunlight. Kelly causes a student's death because, to him, video of a single practice was more important than the student's safety and well-being, and what happens to him?

 
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