Friday, November 5, 2010


Much has been written since the tragic accident on October 27th that resulted in the death of Notre Dame Student and football team videographer Declan Sullivan. The newspapers and airwaves in the South Bend community have been filled with reactions expressing sympathy, along with sharp reactions. It is your Commander’s personal opinion that all voices should be restrained until a thorough investigation is conducted and the results are announced to the public.

Below is a link to an interesting article written by former South Bend Tribune sports reporter, David Haugh, who moved on to a position with the Chicago Tribune’s highly regarded sports department several years ago. Haugh raises some important questions, which require response from the highest levels of the University administration.,0,5445539.columnist

Obviously our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Declan Sullivan at this time. Clearly the University has a massive public relations problem on their hands and it will be very interesting to see how they respond. The potential legal implications in this case are substantial and complex. Someone and somebody made a tragic mistake that resulted in Declan’s death and the responsibility must be honestly identified.

The University owes a thorough objective response to Declan’s family, its alumni, and legion of fans. This investigation should be totally separated from the discussion of the football team’s success or failure on the field of play, because there are two distinctly different questions requiring a thorough appraisal.

May God hold Declan in his loving arms, and may we place the significance of football games into proper perspective.


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