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

Thursday, July 25, 2013 5:59 PM
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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.

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South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney (front) had 13 sacks last season and was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney (front) had 13 sacks last season and was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

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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Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 07/25/13 - 07:41 pm
So, let me get this

So, let me get this straight....Clowney and Z had visits...not "visit", as in 1 time, but "visits", as in more than 1. Z is a sports agent. A college player met with a sports agent multiple times. Since there is no proof that they spoke about the management of Clowney's football career in the NFL, the NCAA will have to pass on this matter.
Oh...wait a minute! This isn't the NCAA investigating this matter, it's the compliance office of South Carolina investigating this matter!! No...THEY wouldn't fudge on this, would they??
Isn't this the same compliance office that found no guilt in several football players receiving benefits in the form of gross discounts (like $15 a day??) for staying at a 4-star Columbia, SC hotel for months instead of campus housing?? Why, yes...I believe it IS the same compliance office! Hmmmmmm.
Now, let's be honest here. This is along the same lines as when Cam Newton's daddy accepted the $250,000 (he admitted it) from an Auburn booster (or was it a coach?), and Cam stated he was oblivious to it and was cleared due to his ignorance. In other words, there was just no blatant proof that Cam knew about the transaction...even though all reasonable people would assume he did. In this case here, there is just no blatant proof that Clowney discussed any future NFL dealings with Z...so, he's considered innocent, even though most reasonable people would assume he did.
Oh, well. All that being said, I'm looking forward to seeing Clowney play this season.

bdouglas 07/25/13 - 10:18 pm

They can talk about it all they want to. Nothing illegal about that. The problem would be agreeing on a deal for representation. As long as that didn't happen and he paid his own travel expenses, it's allowable. I'm with you on not expecting charges when the school does its own investigation (and I'm a Carolina fan), but "speaking about management" in the future isn't a problem.

He's got 99 problems, but an NCAA violation ain't one...

justthefacts 07/26/13 - 07:52 am

Good to see he has his priorities straight.

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