In the shadow of tragedy, Notre Dame does the right thing …..

November 06, 2010 |

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about last week’s horrible accident, involving a member of the football team’s support staff, at the University of Notre Dame.

On October 27th, the Fighting Irish hit their practice field for an afternoon workout. While dry and seasonably mild, it was a very windy day. Football teams practice during windy conditions all the time. They play in the wind, too; much to the chagrin of kickers and punters.

Freshman head coach, Brian Kelly, was undoubtedly focused on the specifics of his team’s practice habits …..

Apr 17, 2010 - South Bend, Indiana, U.S. - Notre Dame head football coach BRIAN KELLY screams out directions during practice Saturday in South Bend, Indiana.

The Irish were coming off a disappointing loss to Navy, and readying to host Tulsa, in just 3 days. As Charlie Weis, Tyrone Willingham and Bob Davie can attest, winning at Notre Dame is not optional. Thus, practices are probably as intense as conceivably imagined.

A program of Notre Dame’s magnitude is by all means afforded the costly technical tools used to assist in preparation and review. Videotaping a practice is not necessarily an expensive mission – plenty of college and high school teams employ such endeavors. Using a scissor-jack lift to provide a bird’s eye view for video can be costly. And, using it with negligence can COST much more than many people realize.

Well, many more people realize the cost, now …..