Notre Dame once fired a football coach because he lied on his resume, but Brian Kelly, who is responsible for a young man's death, "has a bright future leading our program."
The Rev. John Jenkins, university president at Notre Dame, wrote in an open letter to students, faculty, staff and alumni that "we failed to keep (Sullivan) safe."
There is no "we" when it comes to running a major college football program. There's the head coach. And in this case it was Kelly who decided to have the practice outdoors in the high winds (51 mph) and then send the 20-year-old Sullivan in a lift, 50 feet in the air, to record practice. The lift fell, the young man is dead.
Rev. Jenkins concludes in his e-mail that "we at Notre Dame -- and ultimately I, as President -- are responsible."
But not to the point where somebody should lose their job or anything. I mean, we'll just throw a few million more into the settlement, make it $25 million instead of $20 million and name a scholarship after the kid, OK? C'mon, let's put this behind us, we've got Utah next Saturday.
This is a textbook case of either you stand for something or you don't. Right versus wrong. Holding someone accountable for their actions or not. There should not be any reason for anyone, anywhere to complicate this matter. Notre Dame fan or hater? Irrelevant, the kid is dead. Coach is to blame. Coach should be fired.
There should be no need to bring up that this is a place of higher learning, and that they are not just teaching classroom lessons, but also life lessons. What example and lesson is this showing? That if you have enough money, you can do whatever you want, consequences be damned?
In a recent interview, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo stated, "Everybody talks about kids changing. I say grown-ups have changed. We either tolerate more or we put them in bad situations. ... We don't hold them accountable and yet we wonder why they're not as accountable. The world gets a little more fat and sassy. ... If I had to pick one word that I don't think kids do as well now, it's respect. The second would be accountability. But what have we taught?"
Notre Dame is not showing much respect for Declan Sullivan's life if it can't hold Brian Kelly accountable for his death.
That is what this is all about.
Brian Kelly may be a good guy. He's proven elsewhere to be a good football coach. Of course they don't want to fire him. But Declan Sullivan's death is his fault.
If that's not enough to fire him ... then check his resume.