Sunday, May 14, 2006

Did Clausen Get Himself Into a Pickle?

Notre Dame appeared to have secured its quarterback of the future last month when California's Jimmy Clausen gave a non-binding commitment, but the way he went about it may have created more enemies than friends. Clausen made his announcement in South Bend at the College Football Hall of Fame, above, arriving 45 minutes late in a limo with a police escort. The news conference was put together by NFL agent and family friend Gary Wichard. A Georgia columnist summed it up: "Knute Rockne threw up. George Gipp asked for a shot. Ara Parseghian is thrilled to be out of the game. And the ghosts of deceased Hall members gathered together to make a statement: 'Get that punk-haired kid outta our Hall until he does something on the college level other than load up on gel and hype.' " Clausen, who turns 19 in September, is expected to be invited to the Elite 11 quarterback camp in July.

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