Jadeveon Clowney (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The University of South Carolina's athletics department is looking into reports that star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney may have had contact with rap mogul Jay-Z.
Jay-Z, who's real name is Shawn Carter, has recently started a talent represenative agency for athletes called Roc Nation Sports. Earlier this summer, he made a splash when he signed Kevin Durant of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder to a deal.
A report from "Inside the League," a football insider website, claimed Clowney was in "regular contact" with Jay-Z about possibly signing with the rapper's company. The report did not list any sourcing for that claim.
An Instagram account believed to be operated by Clowney posted a link to an article discussing the report. Below the post was written "You kno [sic] we about to turn up. Dream coming true."
A spokesman for the USC athletics department said the school's compliance office was aware of what's being circulated and is looking into the reports.
During a live interview with ESPN's Chris Fowler Tuesday afternoon, USC Head Coach Steve Spurrier was asked about the report.
"All of our conversations [with Clowney] are wait until you have played your last game at South Carolina," Spurrier said. "When the bowl game is over this coming season he's free to accept any amount of money anybody wants to give him. But until then he has to be a student-athlete like all the other guys or he's not going to be eligble. He's done a good job of knowing that."
NCAA bylaws prevent players from agreeing in writing or verbally to be represented by an agent. Any athlete who does is ruled ineligible. However, an agent can talk to players as long as they provide no services to that athlete.