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Notre Dame to install remote video system on football practice fields

Observer Staff Report | Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Notre Dame began construction today on a remote video system at its football practice fields, eliminating the need for elevated scissor lifts to film football practice, according to a University press release.

Declan Sullivan, a Notre Dame junior, died Oct. 27, 2010 after the scissor lift from which he was filming football practice fell. He was a student videographer for the football team.

“I said in the days after Declan’s death that we would do everything in our power to make changes to ensure that such an accident does not happen again,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the press release. “This system is at the forefront in a completely new and innovative way.”

The video system is expected to be in full operation at the LaBar Practice Complex when the football team begins spring practice March 23, according to the press release.

XOS Digital is working to design the system, which will be the first of its kind, the press release stated. It will include four Panasonic cameras mounted on 50-foot poles.

Both the University’s internal investigation and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s investigation into the accident that caused Sullivan’s death are ongoing, the press release stated.