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South Carolina looks into possible Jay-Z, Clowney link

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South Carolina's compliance department is checking into the possibility of contact being made between defensive end Jadevon Clowney, considered one of the top prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft, and rapper/agent Jay-Z.

Steve Fink, assistant director of athletics for media relations, told NFL Draft 365 in an email that the university is checking into the report as and investigating any potential violations.

According to NCAA rules, players are not permitted to accept cash or benefits from agents while they have college eligibility remaining. Clowney, a junior, is expected to enter the NFL Draft after the upcoming season.

Jaz-Z started Roc Nation Sports earlier this year to represent athletes and has picked up some high-profile clients.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told ESPN.com that Clowney is aware of the NCAA rules regarding agents.

"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 eligible. He's done a good job of knowing that."
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