Originally Posted by LoganBuck
Exactly, there are hundreds of other kids on the Notre Dame campus that want that job. Stepping out of line, would likely have cost him his job. Perhaps the kid wanted to go into coaching. Stepping on Brian Kelly's toes would likely have ended whatever chance he had at making that a career.
The other thing about it is that being young makes it more difficult for people to truly understand the consequences of an action like going up in the lift.
The odds were that the lift would not tip over in the 50 MPH winds. It's not like because it's not supposed to be used in winds of more than 25MPH, that at 26MPH the lift automatically tips over.
If I go out in a lightning storm with my 3 iron held high over my head, the odds are that I'm NOT going to get struck by lightning.
It doesn't mean that it's a good idea though.
The reason why the lifts guidelines say 25 MPH, is that with winds above 25MPH, the likelihood of an accident happening are higher, and the cost of an accident is almost certainly to be devastating.
I think it's unfair to expect a 20 year old kid to truly understand the increased risk percentage he was putting himself in line for.
Think of it another way, if he did this very dangerous act on Wednesday night, and came out of it okay do you think the coach would have had any reason to second guess himself or keep himself from doing it again?
Do you think every coach in the country knows what wind their own tower lifts are to be used under now?