Sam McGaw, a student reporter in Bowling Green, Ky., tweeted a rumor about LSU head football coach Les Miles Saturday night that caused a national stir.
Reputable college football reporter Bruce Feldman confirmed that the rumor was not true.
Talked to a source at LSU tonight.. there is no truth to that wild rumor.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) March 3, 2013
McGaw had to face the music.
But he benefited from the whole ordeal. He started the evening with 238 followers and is now well over 30,000.
The guy who started the false Les Miles rumor went from 200 followers to 30,000 in about 14 hours.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 3, 2013
The recent Les Miles rumor represents the dark side of social media.
— KO (@Kasey_0wen) March 3, 2013