Originally Posted by bucksfan2
That said ND is at fault as well. They allowed him, maybe even subconsciously demanded that he climb up that lift. The coaches, mostly Brian Kelly, should have sensed danger in that situation and never sent the kid up the lift. However I don't feel that they coaching staff should have known that that lift was suitable for 30 MPH winds max. In a wind storm the difference between 30MPH and 50MPH is just a gust of wind. They should have realized that the kid in all likelihood isn't going to ruffle any feathers for fear of losing his job. I can imagine that having that job would be a pretty important thing to the kid.
Whomever made the decision to purchase that tower should have been aware that the tower could collapse in winds over 25mph. Maybe there was a label with a warning on the tower. Even if there wasn't, Someone in authority should have known better and told that student not to go up there for that practice. Maybe it should have been Kelly or the video coordinator or an assistant AD but someone had to have known being in that tower wasn't safe in those winds. Now maybe it slipped their minds. I can see that. It happens. They have a practice and game to prepare for and perhaps the last thing on their minds was whether that tower would collapse. But, I don't believe that is an excuse. I would guess someone is going to get sued. I don't know who is liable but someone's going to pay.