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Notre Dame: After the fall

A student's death in South Bend exposes the hypocrisy fostered by the world of sports

Originally Published: November 1, 2010
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Welcome to a world without consequence.

Welcome to a world in which cause and effect are suspended and in which the laws of physics no longer apply.

Welcome to the fairy-tale world of big-time, big-money sports, where the distance between fantasy and reality is the width of the hashmark on a football field, and where the illusion of simplicity and control is no more than a handsbreadth from the howling universal darkness.

Welcome to Parallel America, where the ...

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