Notre Dame Could Struggle in 2012, Brian Kelly’s Seat Warming?

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Yesterday was a big day for the Notre Dame football team on the field, as they absolutely thrashed Navy 56-14, routing a team that has had their number in recent years. But being mediocre and routing somebody bad doesn’t cover up the larger issues at work in South Bend.

This week marked the one-year anniversary of Declan Sullivan‘s death. If you forgot that name, it’s the Notre Dame videographer who took to his scissor lift in historically dangerous windstorm conditions, and paid for that mistake with his life.

This was a week when the school could have really used more positive publicity; but instead more negativity surrounded the program.

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What Will Notre Dame Tragedy Cost the School? Who Will Get Fired?

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At the end of the day Friday, Notre Dame released a public statement that was both surprising and expected at the same time. When you have terrible news to disseminate to the public, you always do it at 5pm on a Friday; it’s a cardinal rule of media relations. And as expected, ND admitted fault in the tragic death of student videographer Declan Sullivan. What was somewhat unexpected though was the vote of confidence to Head Coach Brian Kelly.

On the other hand, if ND is going to let Kelly go over this, it’s more advantageous to do it after the season instead of during the midst of it.

One thing’s for sure, after the investigation completes, the school could be paying out millions of dollars in damages, and people high up within college football’s most visible program, including Kelly and perhaps even Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, could pay with their jobs.

By Paul M. Banks

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