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Declan Sullivan

  1. One year later, Sullivan family honors Declan’s memory

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

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    One year ago, Notre Dame student videographer Declan Sullivan had his life end after a wind storm tipped over the lift he was filming football practice on. The tragedy was immense — his death a terrible mix of circumstance, poor decision making, and outdated protocol. After a thorough investigation, Notre Dame released its own internal…

  2. Holiday weekend notes: Frosh numbers, redshirts, and more

    Jul 1, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

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    Compare today to running an offseason marathon. No doubt, we are slogging along here, but the good news is we’ve just passed the 13-mile marker. We’re more than half-way there, and while that terrible realization that you’ve still got 13 miles left to run might cross your mind, the very good news is that we’re…

  3. Notre Dame releases report on Sullivan accident

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

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    After over six months of investigating, Notre Dame released their internal report stemming from the aerial lift accident that took the life of student videographer Declan Sullivan. The 145-page document can be read in its entirety here, but found the causes of the accident to be an irregular and extraordinary 53 mile-per-hour wind gust, staff…

  4. Notre Dame releases statements on IOSHA findings

    Mar 15, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

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    The University of Notre Dame released statements in response to the findings by the Indiana Safety and Health Administration, stemming from the October 27 accident that took the life of student Declan Sullivan. Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame president: “Notre Dame has great respect for the thorough and professional manner in which IOSHA…

  5. Notre Dame fined $77,500 for Sullivan accident

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

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    After a nearly five month investigation, the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied fines against Notre Dame for violations that occurred during the accident that killed student videographer Declan Sullivan. “The employer did not establish and maintain conditions of work which were reasonably safe and healthful for employees, and free from recognized hazards that…

  6. Notre Dame to install remote video system on practice fields

    Mar 8, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

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    The hydraulic scissor lifts that helped film Notre Dame football practices will no longer be used, and the university will install a remote outdoor video system on the LaBar Football Practice Fields. The decision is the result of a safety overhaul after one of the lifts toppled over in severe winds, killing junior videographer Declan…

  7. Oregon WR Davis pays tribute to ND’s Sullivan

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

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    Looking for a kid to cheer for? Look no further than Oregon wide receiver D.J. Davis, who earned a lot of respect over the weekend from football fans across the country for a quiet tribute he paid to Notre Dame videographer Declan Sullivan. The Oregonian explains: Many people who receive the doorstep edition of The…

  8. Kelly discusses Irish season, Declan Sullivan

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

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    On his appearance this morning with Dan Patrick, Brian Kelly covered plenty of interesting topics, discussing the season so far, the Declan Sullivan tragedy, and whether or not he’s having fun. When asked to assess his first season in South Bend, Kelly was candid. “It’s always about winning,” Kelly said. “I could have very easily…

  9. Kelly talks about the hot seat

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Chalk it up under the “Only at Notre Dame” category. Brian Kelly discusses the idea of being on the hot seat, a position Kelly finds himself in after a mediocre start and the impending investigation into the Declan Sullivan tragedy. While I think Father Jenkins’ statement would quell all logical voices calling for Kelly’s job,…

  10. Jenkins sends open letter to ND community

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    This afternoon Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, sent an open letter to Notre Dame students, faculty, alumni, parents and friends. In it, Jenkins and Notre Dame took responsibility for Declan Sullivan’s death. “Declan died in a tragic accident while in our care. For that, I am profoundly sorry. We are conducting an investigation and…

  11. Notre Dame appoints independent review of Sullivan accident

    Nov 5, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    With the ongoing internal invesitgation into what happened surrounding the death of Declan Sullivan, Notre Dame announced that it is turning over the investigation to an independent reviewer. Peter Likins, the former president of the University of Arizona, will lead the process. Father John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, had this to say about Likins. “In…

  12. USA Today: Both Kelly and Swarbrick’s jobs are safe

    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…

  13. Brian Kelly discusses the Declan Sullivan accident

    Oct 31, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Before Kelly addressed the 28-27 loss to Tulsa, he spoke at length about the video tower’s collapse and the death of Declan Sullivan. Here is the entirety of his statement: Obviously a very difficult loss for our football team. Certain pales in comparison to the unimaginable sorrow we had this week in the loss of…

  14. Sullivan family releases statement

    Oct 30, 2010, 11:05 PM EDT

    Hours after the Irish lost to Tulsa 28-27, Declan Sullivan’s family released a statement: This week our family lost Declan Drumm Sullivan in a tragic accident on the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, IN. Declan loved Notre Dame. He felt privileged to have a role with the football program videotaping games and…

  15. Five Things We Learned: Notre Dame vs. Tulsa

    Oct 30, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

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    For those looking to bury Brian Kelly after nine games at Notre Dame, they were given the opportunity late in the fourth quarter. After calling a timeout with 42 seconds left, Kelly decided against putting the game on the leg of his field goal kicker David Ruffer, and instead bet on the arm of freshman…

  16. University gathers in mourning of Declan Sullivan

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:22 AM EDT

    With hundreds standing outside of the Basilica unable to get inside, Rev. John Jenkins presided over an overflowing Mass in memory of junior Declan Sullivan Thursday night at 10 p.m. Sullivan was remember by friends and students, and honored by a large group of friends who wore neon sunglasses in Sullivan’s honor. Earlier in the…

  17. Tragedy makes football hard to discuss

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

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    In the hours before yesterday’s accident, I had been preparing a column on Bob Diaco’s defensive struggles against Navy. Pulling stats from old Navy games and quotes from archived videos, I drew comparisons between Diaco’s failed gameplan against Ken Niumatalolo’s option attack to the plan Missouri put together during last year’s Texas Bowl, a game…

  18. Junior Declan Sullivan mourned after Tower accident

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:17 PM EDT

    A special Mass of Remembrance has been planned for Notre Dame junior Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old from Long Grove, Ill., who died while filming practice for the athletic department. University president Rev. John Jenkins will preside over Mass, which will begin at 10 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. He also sent an…