Notre Dame fans are quite a temperamental bunch, aren’t they? You win, and they carry you off the field on their shoulders and buy you a car on the sly. Lose a couple games to weaker teams and they push your girlfriend outside a bar and then sucker punch you in the face.
Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen is expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday night at Stanford, with one black eye and the painful lesson of knowing what being in the wrong place at the wrong time feels like. According to a university source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, Clausen, some members of his family and some of his Notre Dame football teammates ended up at C.J.’s Pub hours after Notre Dame’s 33-30 double-overtime loss to Connecticut on Saturday.
The 22-year-old junior from Westlake Village left the restaurant/bar without incident initially, the source said. But Clausen’s date forgot her purse inside. The two went back into get it about 2 a.m., and as they were leaving, Clausen’s date was pushed by a man outside the bar. Words were exchanged between Clausen and the man, the source said. Clausen pushed the man away, with his hand landing in the man’s neck area. The man then punched Clausen in the eye, and the two wrestled on the ground for a few seconds before the fight was broken up.