Notre Dame knew that its game against Clemson could be different. It included 35 more police officers, 40 additional ushers and dozens of other employees and private security guards. Swarbrick told the students to go through a tradition in the final home game for seniors – throwing marshmallows at each other just before halftime.
And Brian Kelly, the Notre Dame coach, as a way to motivate his players, told them that fans would bring a storm to the field if they won. (The university plans to allow seniors on the field after both teams exit their locker rooms.)
After the team’s late withdrawal in the fourth quarter, the students began to move forward and crowded closer to the field as soon as overtime began. As the stadium has energy, Swarbrick said a tactical decision was taken not to protect, aimed at keeping students off the field, to push back from the fear that students might be crushed.
Mark Fox, the county’s deputy health director who has advised the university’s approach to the epidemic since August, watched the students pour water from a perch to the wall near the top of the stadium. He could not recall any public-address warnings until his arrival on the field.
“I was sick to my stomach,” Fox said. “I felt really ineffective as a public health person. I felt like rubbing my hands and asking questions to Visva, Kandha, Cana and it was an uncomfortable place. “
He said: “If you’re confident and hoping for a win, then this should be part of the anticipation package. We talked about how messaging can be better. The riot police can only have what they want We could do it to keep them off the field. In hindrance, is there anything that could or should have been done? Yes, maybe it is. “
Quarterbacking arrivals from Jenkins were not directed Sunday morning.
In a letter to students Sunday night, he called the “widespread disregard” of health protocols “very disappointing” at several ceremonies over the weekend. (A spokesman said Jenkins did not attend the football game – where about two-thirds of the students’ union was – but for other parties.) Jenkins announced that students would not be allowed to graduate or register for classes next semester, When they failed. Upcoming virus tests are scheduled to begin Thursday, or if they leave South Bend before receiving their results.