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Report: No solo blame in Notre Dame death

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame said Monday that football staff used out-of-date weather information the day a student videographer fell to his death because of high winds.

Declan Sullivan, a junior from Long Grove, Ill., died when a 40-foot hydraulic lift he was in fell over in a 53 mph wind gust Oct. 27.

The investigation found that staff members likely depended on National Weather Service readings from 1:54 p.m. that day showing 23 mph winds with 29 mph gusts. At 2:54, nearly an hour before practice, the weather service reported 38 mph gusts. The accident was at 4:54.

The school released the details in a report summarizing its investigation into the accident. Peter Likins, an engineer and former University of Arizona president who provided an independent review of the investigation, wrote that no one person was to blame for the accident.

"Several flaws were exposed that need to be acknowledged and addressed," the report said. "Responsibility for these issues is shared by many individuals."

Golf: USF men, women fourth at Innisbrook

The USF women's and men's golf teams were fourth after two rounds at the Big East championships at the Innisbrook Golf Resort's Copperhead Course. The women shot 27-over 315 for a total of 625, 33 strokes behind leader Notre Dame. Shena Yang (74—149) was sixth for the Bulls. The USF men (300—602) were 19 shots behind Notre Dame, with Robby Carl (75—145) tied for fifth.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, the ACC rookie of the year, will return for his sophomore season. … Washington State guard Klay Thompson will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft but has not hired an agent. … Suspended Penn State guard Taran Buie will transfer. … Oklahoma State forward Roger Franklin is transferring to North Texas.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: USF signed junior college guard Inga Orekhova, who had offers from powers Oklahoma and Louisville, according to her coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Jim Rowland. She completes a four-person recruiting class.

Report: No solo blame in Notre Dame death 04/18/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 18, 2011 9:10pm]
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