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Brian Kelly: Criticism 'doesn't affect how I go to work every day'

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, under fire in the wake of the death of student videographer Declan Sullivan on Oct. 27, said the criticism doesn't deter him from ''doing the job that I came here to do.'' 

Much of the harshest criticism has come from outside the Notre Dame community. Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, a noted Notre Dame critic, called for Kelly to be fired for his culpability in the accident, in which Sullivan died when a portable tower from which he was videotaping practice toppled in high winds.

''I'm very cognizant of [the criticism] -- it comes with the job,'' Kelly said Tuesday at his weekly press conference in South Bend. ''But it doesn't affect how I go to work every day.

''When I decided to be the head coach at Notre Dame, I knew there would be a great deal of scrutiny. We're under that scrutiny. I recognize that that comes with the job at Notre Dame. But it doesn't deter me from doing the job that I came here to do -- to develop our football team, win football games and get Notre Dame back to the upper echelon of college football.''

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