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Fond farewell to Irish student

Members of Notre Dame’s football team, including star linebacker Manti Teo, third from right, leave the funeral Mass for Declan Sullivan at St. Mary Church in Buffalo Grove, Ill. Sullivan, 20, a Notre Dame student, died when the tower from which he was filming practice fell.

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Members of Notre Dame’s football team, including star linebacker Manti Teo, third from right, leave the funeral Mass for Declan Sullivan at St. Mary Church in Buffalo Grove, Ill. Sullivan, 20, a Notre Dame student, died when the tower from which he was filming practice fell.

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. — Hundreds celebrated the short, bright life of Declan Drumm Sullivan with Irish song and Catholic tradition Monday, five days after the 20-year-old died while videotaping a Notre Dame football practice.

Family members "have let go of fear and anger and emotions," said Sullivan's uncle, Michael Miley, who described the theme of the service as one of letting go.

"It was beautiful and soaring," he said.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and two busloads of college students attended the funeral at St. Mary Church in Buffalo Grove, where Sullivan went to school as a child. He graduated from Carmel High School in Mundelein, Ill., which also sent a bus filled with students to the standing-room-only service.

Speakers included Sullivan's sister, a Notre Dame student, Miley said. The funeral also featured a choir and Irish performances, said Miley, the family spokesman.

"We hope over the next few days, weeks and months that people in the community will heal as we are beginning to do," Miley said.

Sullivan, of Long Grove, Ill., was in an aerial scissor lift recording video footage of a football practice during a strong wind advisory when the lift toppled onto the street.

Indiana's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the death has been classified as a workplace fatality. Investigators will look into whether the lift was being operated safely, including whether it should have been used in 33-mph winds with gusts of 51 mph, officials have said.

"Declan was a very passionate kid when it came to media, when it came to telling stories," Miley said. "He died doing what he loved."

Arizona: Quarterback Nick Foles is closer to returning from a right knee sprain, though coach Mike Stoops isn't ready to declare him the starter Saturday against Stanford.

Arkansas: Leading receiver Greg Childs will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The junior is scheduled to have surgery this week and likely need four to six months of recovery time.

Boise state: Lou Groza semifinalist Kyle Brotzman, who has a sore kicking leg, is day to day after nearly three weeks of rest and rehabilitation. It's not clear if he can return Saturday for a WAC game against Hawaii. In addition to field goals, he averages 44.3 yards per punt.

Michigan: The defense is struggling, but coach Rich Rodriguez said he will keep the defensive staff together. He plans to spend more time with defensive assistants.

Mississippi State: Defensive end Nick Bell is in intensive care after emergency surgery Monday in Birmingham, Ala., after it was found that his cancer has spread. Bell had surgery Oct. 1 to remove a mass of skin cancer on his brain.

Nebraska: Quarterback Taylor Martinez has a sprained right ankle, not a bone bruise in his leg as coach Bo Pelini initially said. Martinez is expected to play Saturday at Iowa State.

North Carolina: Redshirt freshman cornerback Terry Shankle will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Tennessee: A student says freshman defensive end Jacques Smith hit him on the head at a bar, causing him to fall and suffer a concussion. Smith was released on $2,000 bond after the student pressed charges for assault. He told police he was kicked and punched while on the ground and received stitches on his finger. A school spokesman said an argument started because of a woman.

Washington: Quarterback Jake Locker won't play Saturday against Oregon after his rib injury escalated into a break against Stanford. Redshirt freshman Keith Price will start.

Big sky: North Dakota and Southern Utah are joining the Big Sky Conference, effective July 2012. The league also says it's "on the verge" of announcing the addition of South Dakota. That will give the league 12 core members, with 14 football members. Cal Poly and UC Davis are joining as football-only schools. UND, Southern Utah and USD now compete in the Great West Conference for football. Other Big Sky members are Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State and Weber State.

Fond farewell to Irish student 11/01/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 12:07am]

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