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And Another Thing

Associated Press

Kelly's zeroes

These are not exactly the best of times for Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly.

First and foremost is the senseless and eminently avoidable death of student videographer Declan Sullivan, a horrid tragedy for which Kelly has so far (and unaccountably) escaped culpability. Notre Dame and OHSA are currently conducting an investigation, but don't look for the weight of it to fall on Kelly -- though it should, because he's the guy who's ulitmately in charge in any practice situation, and he could have kept Sullivan off that tower with two sentences: "No. It's too damn windy to put them up there today."

Kelly never spoke that sentence, so he bears the responsibility for that. Harsh as it sounds, it's also that simple.

That Notre Dame went down without a fight to Navy and lost to Tulsa (partly because of a Kelly coaching decision) in its last two games, on top of the Sullivan tragedy, seems almost like the fates piling on at this point.

But on top of all of that, now comes this.

Ben Smith's blog.