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More trouble for Notre Dame

Posted on: November 22, 2010 6:20 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 11:29 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

The first year on the sidelines as Notre Dame head coach hasn't been an easy one for Brian Kelly.  Along with the struggles his team has seen on the field, there have been a lot of distractions off the field as well.  Most notably, the death of video assistant Declan Sullivan, who died when a scissor-lift he was filming practice from toppled over due to high winds.

Now, just a few weeks after dealing with that tragedy, another one has been laid at Brian Kelly's feet.  Elizabeth Seeberg was a 19-year old student at St. Mary's who reported to the school police that she had been sexually attacked by a member of the Notre Dame football team on August 31st. Less than two weeks later, Seeberg was found in her dorm room after overdosing on prescription medication in a suicide attempt.

She died later that day at a hospital in South Bend.

All of this took place months ago, but until a story appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, there wasn't much news about it coming from South Bend. Making matters worse, not only did the school fail to comment on the story publicly for two months, but they never turned over any information from the investigation over to St. Joseph County prosecutors.

Something that the school has now done after the story has gone public.

St. Joseph County prosecutor Michael Dvorak said the school forwarded a "voluminous" report on the case on Friday, two days before the story appeared in the Tribune, but also that he was unaware of the story until seeing the story in the paper.

The name of the player in question has not been released, as since he has not been charged with anything, the Tribune has decided not to release his identity.  Showing ethics that seem to be lacking at Notre Dame these days.

Obviously, Brian Kelly has had to field a share of questions about this story in the last few days, and his answers are rather appalling.  When asked about it by a number of Tribune reporters during a conference call on Sunday, Kelly made a joke about the situation.

"I didn't know [the Tribune] could afford all those guys," cracked Kelly, showing a complete lack of respect to the gravity of the situation.

Kelly then went on to say that anything involving this story is a university matter.

"Anything the article alleges is a university matter," Kelly said. "The process is to dispel rumors and misinformation and get to the facts. And that's what our university is doing."

To be fair to Kelly, this investigation is not his, but the way he tried to deflect the questions doesn't exactly mirror the type of character or integrity he says he tries to hold his players to.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:52 am

More trouble for Notre Dame

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 6:41 pm

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Hey Bucknut, your comment stuck in my head this whole time and just waited for the fraud that is Jim Tressel to be uncovered in the media.  I'm glad I didn't have to wait too long.

Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 7:06 pm

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Ezryder ... You're probably right, the spelling thing is like talking to the wall online.  However, that was just one of my points about bucknutt.  I'm still waiting for a response regarding Jim Tressel and all his investigations.   The guy left Youngstown State in a heap of trouble, recruited a bum like Clarett, and has rumors swirling about his institutional control, yet all I'm hearing about is Giants/Eagles. 

I'm not a fan of most of the Big Ten (Or Big Ten + 2), but I'll agree that their schools are certainly top notch.  I guess bucknutt is just the bottom of the barrel at OSU.

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 6:09 pm

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<span><span>Fornelli, please don't try to mask a blog as a genuine article, at least come out and state your intentions outright; you should have more journalistic integrity given the site you post on.  The young woman's death was a tragedy but it's no reason to jump to conclusions or to, even worse, use it as a platform to use out of context statements to smear an overall great school. There's a lot of emotions in this and its best to let the facts, not accusations, speak for themselves. Please don't respond with any coverup b.s., read the except below; as for Kelly, he's the football coach, not the university spokesman.</span></span>
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span><span>An except from the South Bend Tribune dated 11/21/10 is below. The county police were not aware of the assault, however, the county prosecutors were aware of the case well before last week, according to the St. Joseph's County Prosecutor. The Notre Dame Police conducted an investigation and then handed it over to the county.</span></span>&l
t;br /><span><span>"...Records show that the case was assigned to a Notre Dame police detective.</span></span>
;<br /><br /><span><span>Last week, St. Joseph County prosecutors received paperwork on the case from Notre Dame police to be reviewed for possible charges, said county Prosecutor Michael Dvorak.</span></span>&l
t;br /><br /><strong style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica; font-size: 13px;">But he said prosecutors had been aware for some time that Notre Dame was investigating the case.</strong><br /><br /><span><span>"They knew it was going on," Dvorak said.</span></span><
br /><br /><span><span>But if Seeberg did in fact make a sexual assault allegation, that information was not made known to St. Joseph County police while they were investigating the young woman's death Sept. 10, said assistant chief William Redman.</span></span>&l
t;br /><br /><span><span>"It wasn't reported to us," he said.</span></span><
br /><br /><span><span>He said county police detectives were aware, however, that the young woman had "made mention of suicide in the past."</span></span><br /><br /><span><span>Redman
said detectives focused on investigating whether foul play was involved in her death, and once they determined it wasn't, "as far as we were concerned, the case was closed."</span></span><br /><br /><span><span>Meanwh
ile, Notre Dame was still investigating the alleged sexual assault."</span></span><span&
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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:57 pm

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Hey Sully,

Help me out here. I woodn't git to hanged up on tha' speling facktor here. Einstien couldn't spell either.  As much as I hate to admit it....Ohio State is a great school, as are all the Big Ten schools. Get off your horse and stay focused on the issue at hand. Oh by the way........Go Blue!!!!

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:53 pm

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It's like arguing with an imbecile.  It's a solid ad hominem argument...can't fight that.

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:46 pm

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Nice fumble there, Eli...   was that a ghost tackler that popped you going down to the turf??  LMFAO.  Gmen and season collapses go hand and hand like hot garbage and Knick hoops.

Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:11 pm

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Bucknutt ... 

Help me out here, because I didn't go to a school as "great" as Ohio State ... why would someone getting such a great education even need spell check? 

Sounds like yet another lame excuse, just like you'll have another excuse explaining why the Buckeyes and Eagles didn't get it done when it counts at the end of the year.  Try winning a Super Bowl before you get all psyched about your Eagles. 

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:05 pm

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Just win some games and this will all go away. It works for Urban Meyer.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:15 pm

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hey Bucknutt, how many SB's have your amazing Eagles won?  You're the Buffalo Bills of the NFC...

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