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Life goes on at Notre Dame in wake of Declan Sullivan tragedy

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. --  After a traumatic three days since the tragic death of 20-year-old junior Declan Sullivan in a video tower accident, it's a normal football Saturday at Notre Dame.

The Irish football team was warmly if not enthusiastically greeted by fans on its traditional walk from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to Notre Dame Stadium as coach Brian Kelly led his players and coaches through the gates to the stadium at 11:30 a.m. (Chicago time).

At the LaBar Practice Complex, the site of the accident, the fence that the hydraulic scissor lift tore through as the platform carrying Sullivan fell onto Courtney Lane in high winds on Wednesday has been repaired. Two hours before game time, a half-dozen bouquets of flowers were laid along the fence.

On the practice fields, which are open to the public prior to the game -- no alcohol allowed -- people were throwing around footballs, kicking footballs toward the goal posts and milling around on the fields where the football practices.

The Notre Dame and Tulsa players will have helmet-decals in the shape of a shamrock with Sullivan's initials on them. A moment of silence will be honored in Sullivan's memory, followed by a prayer from the field by Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins.

And then the game will begin. 

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