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Jimmy Clausen Punched: Notre Dame QB Reportedly Punched By Fan

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UPDATE, 11/25 1:51 AM: Clausen attended practice with a dark visor that covered much of his face. Click here for pictures of the visor.

UPDATE, 5:02 PM: The AP adds adds more:

(AP) SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen is nursing a black eye after getting punched outside a South Bend bar early Sunday morning.

According to a university source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the matter, Clausen was at C.J.'s Pub about 2 a.m. with his family and girlfriend in the wake of Notre Dame's double overtime loss to Connecticut.

The group decided to leave after words were exchanged with others at the bar. As they were leaving, Clausen's girlfriend realized she left her purse behind. The source says Clausen went back to retrieve the purse and someone followed him outside and punched him. The source says the quarterback did not fight back and left.

South Bend Police Capt. Phil Trent says police were called to the scene after receiving a report of a fight. He says police arrived within minutes and everyone was gone.

Coach Charlie Weis declined to talk about the dustup at his news conference Tuesday other than to say Clausen would practice with the team on Tuesday and would start Saturday against Stanford.


Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen has been punched by a fan, Joe Schad of reports. The "sucker punch" reportedly left the Fighting Irish QB with a swollen eye. According to the Chicago Tribune, David Kaplan of WGN-AM 720 has reported that the incident took place at 2:30 AM on Sunday. This would place the altercation hours after Notre Dame lost a tough double-overtime game at home to the Connecticut Huskies.

It has been a difficult year for the Fighting Irish football team. Head coach Charlie Weis said on Sunday that he would "have a tough time arguing" if the university decides to fire him after the season ends. Notre Dame is currently 6-5, and Weis has a 35-26 lifetime record at the school.

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