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Cirminiello on Notre Dame: The Hollow Report

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Posted Apr 19, 2011


Richard Cirminiello's reaction to Notre Dame's findings in the Declan Sullivan tragedy.

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Cirminiello on Notre Dame


By Richard Cirminiello
 
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A young man is dead, his life cut short by tragedy. A family will never be the same. That’s the chapter and verse of the Declan Sullivan story, yet it’s hard not to feel a little perplexed and agitated by Notre Dame’s findings about last October’s fatal accident. A football videographer is dead, and yet no individual is responsible for it? How exactly does that happen?

The suggestion from the university’s internal report is that no person, not head coach Brian Kelly nor any of the coaches or administrators, intentionally put Sullivan in harm’s way. Okay, but did anyone in a position of leadership do anything on that windy day to protect him before he climbed up a hydraulic lift? If the answer is no, then there must be some culpability for his accident.

I’m not looking for a pound of flesh at this stage of the process. What’s the point? The sad fact is that it won’t bring the student back to his university, his friends, or his family. That said, someone needs to be held responsible and at least publicly cited for a brazen lack of common sense.

No, it can’t bring one life back, but it might help prevent another one from being senselessly damaged. If I have a hollow feeling after reading the school’s report following a six-month investigation, I can’t imagine what the Sullivans are thinking on this day.

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- Mitchell on the Ruling: Good Will Come