First there was the entire series of over dramatic articles last summer which critisized Clausen for anything and everything possible. Then there was last Friday’s “report” about Clausen being cited for transporting alcohol which wreaked of cattiness. Now, Jeff Carroll’s column from this past weekend in the South Bend Tribune goes on the offensive against Jimmy yet again.
“Jimmy Clausen hasn’t taken a snap at Notre Dame, and already his time with the Irish has been emotionally exhausting.”
I wonder if a four part series of articles obsessing over the recruitment of Jimmy Clausen before the kid ever took a snap during his senior year of high school added the the “emotionally exhausting” status which Carroll now writes about. For the record, I don’t know a single Notre Dame fan who is remotely emotionally exhausted.
“It almost doesn’t seem fair, the way a man still more than a month away from his 20th birthday can find himself under such harsh scrutiny for every move he makes. But let’s not forget that it was Clausen himself who gleefully thrust himself into the spotlight a year and a half ago.”
This made me laugh. Carroll thinks its unfair for Clausen is under such scrutiny, yet he adds to it whenever humanly possible. One might say that last summer’s Courting Jimmy Clausen were a bit “harsh” and not very fair towards Clausen. The next couple paragraphs then obsess over Clausen’s announcement ceremony at the College Hall of Fame last spring. Dude, get over it.
Carroll also felt the need to criticize Clausen for having the audacity to go and get hurt and not fully disclose the details of the injury to very important people like the media. Nevermind that it’s Charlie Weis policy not to disclose injury news or the fact that there are federal laws protecting the kid’s privacy on the issue.
Not the arm injury soap opera that has hung over the quarterback competition like a black cloud since the beginning of the spring, culminating in this summer’s “procedure” frenzy.
The best part of the article, however, is definitely the closing:
However, when it’s one drama after another, and when it all surrounds an athlete who has been protected well beyond the bounds of good judgment, you can’t help but start to wonder whether it’s worth the aggravation, whether Clausen will really play four years at Notre Dame. And you start to wonder if he should. If, for all his prodigious talent, he’s worth the distraction.
Who exactly is wondering if Jimmy will play four years at Notre Dame at this point? And who exactly is questioning whether he is worth the “distraction?” For all of the fuss the SBT made over Jimmy’s latest “distraction,” the national media could not have cared less about it. There was an AP report on the matter, but even ESPN, who loves painting Notre Dame in a negative light, didn’t run with it.
This goes beyond fishing for a story since there is plenty of news to actually report on considering the Irish are in the midst of training camp. It’s time the media stops obsessing over every bit of information surrounding Clausen considering there would be no hype if it weren’t for them. Without the help of the media, who have reported on every shred of “news” about Clausen since he committed to Notre Dame, Clausen would be just another freshman in this year’s class.
Let the kid play a down of football before questioning whether or not he’ll finish his career at Notre Dame or suggest that his “distractions” are not worth having him around for.