If the Declan Sullivan tragedy costs ND an estimated $30 Million as predicted by Forbes magazine can Swarbrick and Kelly survive this?
If found guilty of negligent behavior and if the degree of fault rests predominantly in the university's lap, Notre Dame could face compensatory damages in the $15M to $20M range in the aftermath of Declan Sullivan's tragic death. And if punitive damages are also levied upon the university, the price tag associated with Mr. Sullivan's passing could increase by an additional $45M-$60M if penalized to the maximum allowable amount under Indiana law.
But just as you could conclude that it would have been reasonable for Mr. Sullivan to voluntarily seek shelter in light of his concerns, you could also argue that it would have been similarly reasonable for any one of the numerous on-site adults (e.g. coaches, administrators, facility staff) to approach Mr. Sullivan and mandate that he cease his elevated videography services due to inclimate weather for safety's sake.
The reality is that most 20-year old employees of major Division I college football programs work in awe or fear (or both) of their coaching staffs and/or student-athlete peers. They are simply dedicated workers who show their school spirit by taking great pride in their job. As such, they are not likely to voluntarily 'sit one out' unless approached by an adult who supposedly has a better grasp on the 'big picture' and who can play a nurturing and protective parental role when faced with adversity or unfamiliar circumstances.