Another speeding ticket for Clowney
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is ticketed for the second time in 3 weeks
SOUTH CAROLINA defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been pulled over again for going at least 25 mph over the speed limit.
Clowney was stopped around 10:30 a.m. yesterday going 84 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 26 near Interstate 126, about 5 miles from the Gamecocks' campus, Columbia Police said.
The traffic stop happened about an hour before the Gamecocks flew to Florida for the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin. The game will be the junior's last for the Gamecocks as he leaves school early for the NFL draft.
It's Clowney's second ticket in 3 weeks. On Dec. 7, state troopers say Clowney was going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was asked about Clowney's latest ticket after the team landed in Orlando, and did not sound too concerned.
"He needs to go to driving school doesn't he? Somebody told me he got another speeding ticket today," Spurrier said. "At least he'll have enough money to pay for it a week or so from now. He needs to go to driving school. Hopefully they'll send him there after the bowl game."
Drivers pleading guilty for going at least 25 mph over the speed limit in South Carolina get six points. State law allows a license to be suspended after 12 points.
* Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden's grandson was one of two men killed when their car flipped into a small ditch off a central Florida road, officials said.
Taylor Jeffrey Bowden, 23, and driver Rafael Fernandes De Aguiar Valim, 25, died in the crash, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. A third man in the crash - Robert Lewis Edwards, 22 - was rescued after spending hours in water up to his neck.
"Our whole family had just celebrated Christmas together in Panama City, as well as celebrated T.J.'s graduation from Florida State just three weeks ago," Bobby Bowden said in a statement released by the University of Akron, where son Terry is the football coach. "We will cherish those last memories together with T.J. forever."
T.J. Bowden was the son of Jeff Bowden.
"I can't express the grief I feel right now," Jeff Bowden said in a statement. "Please keep us in your prayers."
A trash collector reported the submerged car at 7:47 a.m. The Mitsubishi wasn't very visible from the road, but the Florida Refuse truck was high enough to allow the worker to see it.
At first, Winter Haven police, sheriff's deputies, paramedics and the sheriff's office dive team who responded couldn't find survivors. The front end of the car was completely submerged, while part of the back end was sticking up out of the water.
More than three hours later, dive team members in the water heard noises coming from in the car. They were able to communicate with Edwards, who said he was cold and needed help. After several minutes, Edwards was out of the water and he was being treated for hypothermia and other injuries at a hospital.
The dive team then located the bodies of Bowden and De Aguiar Valim.
The details of the crash were being investigated, but alcohol appears to be a factor, the sheriff's office reported.
Deputies have attempted to talk to Edwards about what happened but said he wasn't lucid. It appears that the car was heading north on Country Club Road when it cross the southbound lane, crashed through a fence, went down an embankment and came to a rest upside down in the water.
Bobby Bowden, 84, led the Seminoles from 1976 to 2009. The 84-year-old holds the NCAA Division I record for career wins and bowl victories and won two national championships.
In September 2004, Bobby Bowden's grandson, 15-year-old Bowden Madden, and former son-in-law, John Allen Madden, were killed when their car was hit by a utility truck that was helping to restore power outages caused by Hurricane Frances.
In games last night
* At Detroit, James Conner rushed for 229 yards - breaking a Pittsburgh bowl record held by Tony Dorsett - and Chris Blewitt kicked a tiebreaking field goal with 1:17 remaining, lifting the Panthers (7-6) to a 30-27 win over Bowling Green (10-4) in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Dorsett rushed for 202 yards in Pitt's win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1977.
* At San Diego, Brian Suite intercepted Jordan Lynch's pass and recovered a fumble by the Heisman Trophy finalist to help Utah State beat No. 23 Northern Illinois, 21-14 , in the Poinsettia Bowl. Joey DeMartino, who went to high school and junior college in San Diego, carried 23 times for 143 yards and a touchdown for Utah State (9-5). Lynch, who was third in the Heisman Trophy voting, was held to just 39 yards rushing, keeping him from becoming the first major college player to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards in the same season. Lynch ran for a touchdown and passed for another for NIU (12-2), which lost its second straight game.