Notre Dame should return its focus to the Football Field

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In times of tragedy, the simplest things can offer the most help. In order to find this support, Notre Dame football and its fans should shift their attention from tragedy to tradition.

“Football-Saturday” tradition to be exact.

Notre Dame welcomes the 14th-ranked Utah Utes to South Bend this weekend.

One week ago, the Utes had National Title aspirations. Today, the team is looking to rebound after getting utterly embarrassed by Texas Christian at home 47-7.

In other words, Notre Dame might be the beneficiary of a despondent and emotionally decimated team. However, and unfortunately for Notre Dame, emotional decimation is a feeling with which the team is all too familiar.

By: Brian McCabe

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Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly Discusses Declan Sullivan Tragedy

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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.

I also advise you to read this piece by the Chicago Tribune’s Brian Hamilton, listing and detailing many of the various operating procedures for hydraulic lifts employed by college football .

And also read this discussion on whether or not this accident will cost Kelly his job.

Without further ado, here’s what Kelly had to say about the tragedy:

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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

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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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