Posted by Tom Fornelli
It's been a week since Declan Sullivan died while filming a Notre Dame practice from atop a scissor-lift on an extremely windy day in South Bend and throughout the midwest. Since Sullivan's death many people have spent their time trying to find somebody to blame for the death, while the school has begun its own investigation into it.
While nothing has been decided yet, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick made it clear that he won't be resigning, nor will he ask head coach Brian Kelly to resign because of the tragedy that took place in an interview with USA Today columnist Christine Brennan.
"The fact that Declan died in this tragic accident means we didn't do all we can," Swarbrick said. "There's no attempt or no interest in moving away from the fact that we should have, we must have, been able to do something to protect Declan. We'll think about that the rest of our lives."
The odds that any investigation that the school conducts will conclude that any one person, be it Brian Kelly or any other member of the Notre Dame staff, is at fault are somewhere between slim and none. Still, the fact that Swarbrick says that the school should have done more does indicate that the school knows it carries some of the blame, but it's not going to cost anybody their job as much as it is going to cost the school a lot of money should Sullivan's family decide to file a lawsuit.