As it turns out, it wasn't fun for Sullivan. It was death for Sullivan.
Notre Dame made all the right noises. It's apologised a thousand times about this, and the silence at the Notre Dame game after his death rang louder in the ears than the Notre Dame fight song. It was one of the most poignant moments of the season, a season, which, if you're talking about slain Rutgers warriors and dead Mississippi State footballers, was indeed a grisly one.
"None of these findings can do anything to replace the loss of a young man with boundless energy and creativity," Notre Dame's president Reverend John Jenkins said in a statement.
This was Notre Dame's fault. The scissor lift that took Sullivan up there should not have been operated above the speed of around 20mph. Notre Dame either wasn't listening to the weather warnings calling for a 25-35 mph gale (gusting 45 mph), or they chose to ignore it.
With the amount of apologising Notre Dame's president is doing—he said that the school "remains profoundly sorry" for the incident—you'd guess it was the latter. Brian Kelly or someone in the University's administration department is lucky to be in a job after the incident.
Sullivan's parents are obviously good people. They've said that they hope that the university learns from Sullivan's death and takes the appropriate steps.
But one thought's been running through our minds.....and it's one that's frankly none of our business: "$77,500? Is that all a kid's life is worth to the Indiana regulators? Are you freaking out of your minds?"
Let's hope the Sullivans do something about that—or at least Mr Jenkins and the University of Notre Dame should do what they should—add their apology with a significantly bigger check.