Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly Discusses Declan Sullivan Tragedy


After today’s 28-27 home loss to Tulsa, Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly talked at length for the first time about the tragic death of student videographer Declan Sullivan. Here are some of the more important and interesting excerpts of what he had to say at the postgame press conference:

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Notre Dame to Honor Fallen Student During Saturday’s Game

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University of Notre Dame leaders gathered today to express their profound sorrow and grief over the death of Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old junior from Long Grove, Ill., who died Wednesday in an accident at a Notre Dame football practice field.

ND Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick said Saturday’s game against the University of Tulsa will continue as planned, in Sullivan’s memory. Players will wear decals on their helmets commemorating Sullivan; a moment of silence will precede the coin toss.

Swarbrick said Coach Brian Kelly’s primary focus at this juncture is the emotional state of members of the football program.

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Notre Dame Student Dies in Football Field Accident


Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old Notre Dame junior from Long Grove, Ill., died today while filming Notre Dame football practice for the Department of Athletics from a hydraulic scissor lift at the LaBar Practice Complex. He was killed by an accident that occurred when a film tower fell over.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. The University continues to make pastoral care and grief counseling available to students. Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly released the following statement:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Declan’s family and friends. Declan was a diligent student worker in our video department and had a tremendous personality and great sense of humor. He brightened the days for all that had the privilege to work with him, and the Notre Dame football family will dearly miss him.”

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