Nov 4, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick conducted his first interview since the passing of Declan Sullivan, and told the USA Today that he isn’t resigning, nor is he asking for the resignation of head football coach Brian Kelly.
This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but will likely make headlines across the internet today, as Swarbrick’s “revelation” officially silenced a few prominent national columnists who called for Kelly’s ouster.
That doesn’t mean that Notre Dame will stop investigating the events leading up to the scissor lift falling and the death of junior Declan Sullivan.
“The fact that Declan died in this tragic accident means we didn’t do all we can,” Swarbrick told USA Today. “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.
“We’re going to make sure we know exactly what happened,” Swarbrick said. “We feel an absolute obligation to make sure not only that we do things better at Notre Dame, but to help make the entire industry better, too. We all feel a responsibility. We all say to ourselves: ‘What could we have done differently?’ “