Declan Sullivan, 20, died in a accident that has to be called tragically stupid.
Sullivan was filming a football practice in a scissor-lift tower extended 50 feet in the air, (5 stories) that was not meant to be used in winds above 25 mph. This was a day after the football team had to move practice inside due to tornado warnings. The winds were a steady 30 mph, gusting up to 55 mph.
More after the jump...
The obvious question is What the F*ck were they thinking???
Sullivan sent the following tweets according to the Huffington Post:
In the first message, timestamped 3:22 p.m., Sullivan wrote, "Gust of wind up to 60mph well today will be fun at work... I guess I've lived long enough :-/."
The second message, which was sent at 4:06 p.m., less than an hour before his tragic fall at 4:50 p.m., reads, "Holy f*** holy f*** this is terrifying."
The football team evidently continued to practice, leaving the field roughly 20 to 30 minutes after the accident.
Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly said Sullivan "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."
Notre Dame officials did not comment on why the football team practiced outside Wednesday in the strong winds. The Irish practiced indoors a day earlier in similarly gusty conditions.
So many questions...
Will Notre Dame cancel the rest of the season?
Will Notre Dame cancel their football program entirely to pay for the lawsuit? (I can't imagine their insurance covering such blatant negligence.)
Should Utah boycott their upcoming game should they decide to continue in spite of this?
Who is responsible??
Personally, I am at a loss for words... So tragic... So pointless...