There are three characteristics to a complete meltdown in South Bend, Indiana.
1) The Fighting Irish losing more than 2 games. CHECK!
2) Paying the “genius” head coach tons of money only to realize that he’s not really a genius. CHECK!
3) Your star quarterback gets sucker punched during a night out on the town. CHECK, CHECK, CHECK!
You were completely aware of meltdown characteristics 1 and 2. Here’s the particulars of meltdown characteristic 3.
Starting quarterback and team captain Jimmy Clausen was involved in an altercation outside a South Bend, Ind., bar in the hours after a double-overtime loss to Connecticut on Saturday, taking a punch to the face in the incident, sources told the Tribune.
Clausen suffered at least one black eye as a result of the punch, according to a source.
Any thoughts of Clausen returning next year have just been wiped away with that one single sucker punch. But looking on the bright side of all of this, it now gives you a reason to watch this weekend’s game. You know, to see if there is any resemblance to Glass Joe.
Jimmy Clausen involved in altercation outside a South Bend, Ind., bar (Chicago Tribune)