Jimmy Clausen, the most celebrated Notre Dame recruit since Ron Powlus, has been cited for transporting alcohol as a minor in connection with an incident a South Bend liquor store. Equally newsworthy is that the incident happened on June 23 and we are just finding out about it now.
Clausen's eight months at Notre Dame have been shrouded in secrecy. As we've stated before, the freshman quarterback (he's the one on the right; we stole this image from our friends at M Zone) is likely to redshirt this season after having surgery on his right (throwing) elbow June 5 by famed orthopedic surgeon James Andrews. And Notre Dame's starting quarterback will be Evan Sharpley. In fact, the only time backup Demetrius Jones will be in the game is if a trick play has been called (opposing coaches, are you taking note?).
We're telling you this as a public service, because it's clear that Crewcut Charlie Weis won't be forthcoming with any information. He has already declined comment on the latest incident with Clausen. Gee, will Crewcut even discipline his star recruit? Guess that question is off limits in South Bend. Seems like you could get more information out of the politburo back in the day ...
Even some of the writers in South Bend are getting fed up with the Clausen situation. And while we are at it, what's up with a Miller Lite ad on South Bend Tribune columnist Jeff Carroll's online story about Clausen's underage transporting of alcohol? We had to perform a screen grab on this one.