Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
But if I'm understanding you correctly, this implies that doing a good job and raising a safety concern are mutually exclusive towards getting a recommendation. I recognize the pressures that exist toward impressing the coach and getting a bump, but I also don't think it's fair to suggest he can't do a good job without keeping quiet in a situation like this. Most coaches appreciate the hard work and dedication of these kids' time, and while there are some real jerks (read expletives) out there, most are not so narrow-minded that they would purposely risk a kid's life if it were called to their attention that were the case.
I don't think the Notre Dame coaches put him up there, purposely, with utter disregard for his safety. I think they didn't thoroughly think through the fact he was going up there in horrid conditions. Because of the repetition involved with regard to practice, Sullivan was probably going about his business without much consultation to Kelly. Had he gone to Kelly and even expressed concern, do we think they would have made the kid go up there anyhow?
I'd like to think not. Of course, maybe I am hoping for the best.
Brian Kelly runs a 2-hour practice that is choreographed to the second. It's precise by military standards. It's also intense, chaotic and loud. Kelly also has quite the reputation for a temper when others interfere with his practices. Knowing this, would you, as a 20-year old kid whose job it is to videotape everyone interrupt practice? I sure as hell wouldn't have had the gumption to do so.
Now, I do think that had he expressed concern and survived Kelly's momentary rage, cooler heads would have prevailed and the risky situation would have been seen for what it was. As it is, I agree with you: nobody of importance gave it much thought.
It seems this tragedy has similarities to most plane crashes. Many small things went wrong and accumulated to disaster. By themselves, none of the contributing factors would have caused this kid's death.