In his article posted today, Jason Whitlock calls out Brian Kelly for the tragedy that occured during a Notre Dame practice this week.
What I want know is - what do you guys think about this?
My initial reaction was "that's ridiculous". But the more I think about it, the following probably fall on Kelly:
- The day before the winds were so bad that they had to move the practice inside
- The next day, Kelly moves the practice outside
- As the coach, you know you have a kid 50-feet in the air (with nothing to block the wind) in an unsecured lift (ESPN made it known that many programs have these lifts bolted to the ground)
- The practice had been going on for at least long enough for Swarbrick to take a conference call, walk to the practice field, and stand around for ~5 minutes.
- Kelly is the CEO - he has the power to take the practice inside (like Whitlock mentioned that sweater vest did)
In the end - it's a tough call. Whitlock is probably going a little overboard here to get page hits, but he does mention some good points. I have to believe if this happened at Michigan, I wouldn't want RR to be fired for it. But then again, I'm pretty sure RR wouldn't have left a student 50-feet in the air with howling winds, either.