(WSCR)Notre Dame football has become the center of the sports world. And the reason has nothing to with the performance of the team, but a tragedy at their practice.

The Fighting Irish will play their game against Tulsa on Saturday. But the team will wear decals on their helmets to honor a student who died while videotaping football practice.

The university’s Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick spoke to reporters on Thursday, a day after Declan (DEK-lahn) Sullivan died when the scissor lift he was on toppled because of high winds. Sullivan was on the lift to videotape practice.

Swarbrick says he was on the field at the time of the accident. He says he didn’t see the tower fall but heard a crash. He says the team and others responded to Sullivan, who was then taken by ambulance to a South Bend hospital.

Swarbrick says the team went back to the field after the accident to let emergency workers help Sullivan.

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