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.''