COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney may end up mixing his football with a music megastar at the NFL level.
The South Carolina compliance office is looking into the Clowney-Jay Z matter.
The music mogul recently signed NBA star Kevin Durant and his agency manages the careers of New York Yankees' infielder Robinson Cano and New York Giants' receiver Victor Cruz. Clowney would be another major get for the burgeoning sports agency.
However, there are still plenty of hurdles to clear. Clowney's status as an amateur collegiate athlete would make his signing impossible at this point without major NCAA sanctions being levied against Clowney, the University of South Carolina, or both. NCAA bylaws indicate talking to an agent is permissible, but anything beyond that, including accepting money or gifts or making verbal agreements, constitutes a violation.
The buzz surrounding a player who many project as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft will have plenty of high-profile agents trying to nail down the ultra-athletic Clowney. At last week's SEC Media Days, the 270-pounder revealed he had run a 4.46 second 40-yard dash just days earlier.
On Tuesday, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier addressed the issue of agents on an ESPN roundtable discussion show. He says he has advised Clowney to focus on being a student-athlete first and foremost instead of seeking out agents or accepting benefits from one, which would constitute a violation.
"All of our conversations have been wait until you play your last game at South Carolina," said Spurrier. "When the bowl game is over this coming season, he's free to accept any amount of money anybody wants to give him. Until then, he has to be a student-athlete like all the other guys or he's not going to be eligible. He's done a good job of knowing that."
Clowney collected 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss last season, including his famous hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith that made Clowney a household name. That hit earned Clowney an ESPY for play of the year at ESPN's annual awards gala earlier this month.