A Notre Dame student died Wednesday after the tower from which he was filming football practice fell over. The university said the accident occurred at the LaBar Practice Complex. The 21-year-old man was transported to a South Bend hospital, where he died.
Notre Dame would not identify the student until family members could be notified.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss," university president the Rev. John Jenkins said in a release. "Our hearts go out to the student's family and friends and our prayers and profound sympathies are with them during this incredibly difficult time. The loss of someone so young is a terrible shock and a great sadness. Our entire community shares in the family's grief."
Authorities were investigating the incident. Winds in the area were gusting to 51 mph at the time, according to the National Weather Service.
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The hydraulic scissor lift, which can be lowered or raised, stretched across a nearby street. The Fighting Irish, who host Tulsa this Saturday, canceled post-practice interviews after the accident.
UConn has spy scare
Connecticut Coach Randy Edsall said Wednesday someone has been spying on his practices and posting descriptions on the Internet. Edsall said he was alerted to the problem by the parent of a player, who saw the postings Tuesday on a UConn message board. Edsall said they apparently came from a student living in a dorm room that overlooks the team's practice field.
The team practiced inside on Wednesday because of bad weather, but Edsall said he's considering moving all practices indoors.
Vols' fullback suspended; Breathitt's Fugate to start
Tennessee senior fullback Kevin Cooper is suspended for Saturday's game at South Carolina because he violated a team academic policy, Coach Derek Dooley said Wednesday. That means freshman Channing Fugate of Breathitt County will play in Cooper's place. Fugate has played in all seven games, but his only offensive statistic came on an 8-yard kickoff return in the Volunteers' 32-29 overtime win over Alabama-Birmingham.
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Nebraska: The Big 12 suspended linebacker Eric Martin for Saturday's game against Missouri for a hit he put on Oklahoma State's Andrew Hudson. Martin blindsided Hudson with a block during Niles Paul's 100-yard kick return in the first quarter of last week's 51-41 Nebraska win. No penalty was called on Martin at the time. Commissioner Dan Beebe said Wednesday if a subsequent review of the game reveals a flagrant personal foul officials did not call, the conference can impose sanctions. Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini had no comment on the suspension.
Oklahoma State: Star wide receiver Justin Blackmon won't play Saturday against Kansas State after his arrest on a misdemeanor DUI charge, Coach Mike Gundy announced Wednesday. Blackmon also briefly addressed reporters, saying he "made a mistake" and takes "full responsibility" for it.
Arkansas: The school announced preliminary plans Wednesday for a new, 80,000-square-foot football-operations center. Arkansas Athletics Director Jeff Long said the facility will house the team's locker room, meeting room, training room, equipment room and the coaches' offices. Two new practice fields will also be built. Long estimated that the project could cost from $24 million to $35 million and that it would be paid for by private donations.