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Shake down the thunder

Posted by Charles P. Pierce  November 23, 2010 02:22 PM

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It has not been a good year for the football program at Notre Dame, and Notre Dame has not handled it well. Leave aside the fact that the team is not playing well. There was the preposterously reckless act of sending Declan Sullivan up a tower during a once-in-a-decade midwest windstorm, an insane decision that led to Sullivan's death and to some unlovely keister-covering by the ND athletic department that forced Fr. John Jenkins, the university president, to send out an e-mail that unequivocally put the responsibility for Sullivan's death on those representatives of the school charged with his safety -- to wit, football coach Brian Kelly and AD Jack Swarbrick.

And now there's this horror. If the Chicago Tribune is correct in its reporting, and Notre Dame police stonewalled the real cops in South Bend, and tthe player in question is still playing, it's time to ask serious questions (again) about who's really in charge out there, and to start wondering seriously about whether or not someone (or several someones) should lose their jobs behind this stuff.
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