Image of a flyer promoting "Carolina Christmas X-Mas Eve Explosion (Image: Facebook)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The University of South Carolina's athletics department is looking into a flyer advertising a Christmas Party that features the images of two USC football players.
The flyer, posted on Facebook, is for what's billed as the "Carolina Christmas X-Mas Eve Xplosion" on December 24th. It includes pictures of freshman defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and senior defensive back C.C. Whitlock, and claims the two are hosts.
According to the flyer, the event will take place at Club Cascade, a nightspot in Rock Hill. It has the following about the event on the Facebook page:
"#TEAMCASCADE ALONG WITH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS'S OWN CEE CEE WHITLOCK & JADEVEON "DOO DOO" CLOWNEY PRESENT "CAROLINA CHRISTMAS" X-MAS EVE EXPLOSION..EVERYBODY FREE TILL 11 DRINK SPECIALS ALL NIGHT LONG"
Clowney is from Rock Hill, while Whitlock is from nearby Chester.
NCAA rules prohibit players from endorsing or promoting revenue generating events outside of their schools. At present, there is no indication the players were even aware this flyer existed, or were connected to it in any way.
USC Athletics Department Spokesman Steve Fink said the school is taking a look at the matter.
The situation is similar to an invitation sent out earlier in the month promoting a party in South Florida involving Clemson wide reciever Sammy Watkins. That flyer, also for a club, featured the names of Watkins and three other college football players. In that case, Clemson and the other schools sent a cease and desist letter to the club asking them to stop using the student-athletes' names in its promotion.
Clemson officials have said they do not believe the incident will affect Watkins's eligibility for the Orange Bowl.