By Bruce Hooley FOX Sports Ohio Friday, October 29th, 2010
Just what kind of edge, exactly how much of an advantage comes from studying tape of the average middle-of-the-week college football practice?
It must be huge.
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It has to be gigantic, right?
Big enough to tilt the outcome of a game from defeat to victory? So significant it might mean the difference between a post-season spent at home or one worthy of a bowl invitation?
Evidently, because Wednesday at Notre Dame, that never-ending quest for every last ounce of practice footage cost 20-year-old Declan Sullivan his life.
A Notre Dame junior, Sullivan died when a mobile hydraulic scissor lift on which he was taping practice in winds gusting to 51 miles per-hour toppled over, throwing him to the ground and into the street.
It was of paramount importance for Sullivan to be up there, of course, with Notre Dame hovering at 4-4 with a must-win home game against Tulsa coming up on Saturday.
The Irish had no choice but to practice outside that day, despite the National Weather Service issuing a wind advisory for South Bend until 9 o