Jadeveon Clowney rode the team bus to Saturday's game against Arkansas, according to Josh Kendall of The State. This is news.
Early Saturday morning, ESPN College Gameday host Chris Fowler said that Clowney did not ride with the team to Donald W. Reynolds Stadium, joking that he missed the bus because Spurrier "drove the bus over him." Spurrier was critical of his star defensive end in a press conference after last week's win over Kentucky.
Most who heard Fowler's comment thought he was telling a joke.
Fowler's comment about Clowney not riding the team bus "because Spurrier drove it over him" was a JOKE. People can't be this stupid, right?— Heath Cline (@heathradio) October 12, 2013
He wasn't. An hour later, Fowler repeated that Clowney had not rode the team bus, forcing South Carolina beat reporter Josh Kendall to tweet that Clowney did, in fact, ride the team bus:
Don't know if this matters anymore but Clowney did ride the team bus.— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 12, 2013
Neither Fowler nor ESPN producers saw Kendall's report, because Fowler repeated a third time that Clowney did not ride the team bus.
Obviously, Gameday fell for a joke and reported it as news. But Jadeveon Clowney was, indeed, on the bus.
UPDATE: ESPN Gameday is now reporting that Clowney was, indeed, on the team bus. ESPN has apologized. Also:
South Carolina AD RT @Haney1075: Ray Tanner just called Finebaum quote on Clowney:"unprofessional, unncessary and inappropriate."— SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) October 12, 2013