The Athletic Department has issued an official statement regarding the fatal crash. It’s restrained and respectful, given the situation, but it is not without import.
The key sentence there being “We want to emphasize that these individuals were not engaged in Athletic Department duties around the time of this incident.“, closely followed by “Coach Smart and I are also actively reviewing relevant football policies, and at the conclusion of that review, we will take steps to implement any improvements in our policies and procedures that may be needed.”
To paraphrase a line from Kirk Herbstreit, I’d say they’re determined not to lose control of the matter. Whether that’s acceptable to the AJ-C, we’ll have to wait to find out.