We finally have some on-the-record reaction from Jimmy Clausen and Rich Gunnell after their confrontation following ND’s 20-16 win over BC last Saturday.
(Clausen a “phony”? Mr. Gunnell, get in line)
Clausen said this week that he did his best to avoid what happened: “I was just going up to him to say he’s a heck of a receiver. He was making plays left and right and he’s a real good talent.”
Gunnell wasn’t nearly as complimentary. Actually, swap out “nearly as” with “at all”.
Gunnell on Clausen to the BOSTON GLOBE:
At the beginning of the game, he was out there chirping and talking trash. And then he went out and just pushed [BC receiver] Justin Jarvis for no reason. I looked at him and said, ‘What are you doing?’
Afterwards, he was trying to be all friendly. It just rubbed me the wrong way. It seemed real fake. He tried to push one of my teammates. He tried to say good game. I thought it was phony.
Maybe this is unfair on my part, but I’m going to side with Gunnell on this one. The push of Jarvis was uncalled for, and Clausen’s massive overreaction to what Gunnell’s was saying to him was embarrassing.
Gunnell’s should’ve stayed out of Clausen’s face, but the ND QB acted equally the fool.