Spokesman: Clowney, Jay-Z talks were within NCAA rules

COLUMBIA — A South Carolina spokesman said the school found no impermissible contact between All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Jay-Z, the rap mogul turned sports agency head.

Athletic spokesman Steve Fink said Thursday the athletic compliance office talked with Clowney and reviewed visits between he and Jay-Z. Fink said the school found Clowney had not received any impermissible benefits. NCAA rules allow players to talk with agents as long as no agreements are reached regarding future representation.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Clowney understands the rules and has done nothing to damage his eligibility.

“He has to be a student-athlete like all the other guys or he’s not going to be eligible,” Spurrier said during his visit to ESPN this week. “He’s done a good job of knowing that.”

Jay-Z is head of Roc Nation Sports and recently has signed Yankees slugger Robinson Cano, Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith and WNBA Tulsa guard Skylar Diggins.

Clowney, who is projected to be at least a top-three pick in the next NFL Draft, finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting. He won an ESPY last week for his helmet-popping hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith.

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