News has recently surfaced that Jay Z and Roc Nation Sports have been recruiting South Carolina Gamecocks defensive star Jadeveon Clowney to their agency for when he makes the jump to the NFL. Those reports have, apparently, gotten the attention of South Carolina’s compliance board.
The university’s assistant athletic director for media relations Steve Fink confirmed to NFL.com that the school is looking in to the Clowney and Jay Z relationship, but he states the investigation is simply “standard operating procedure.”
The good news for Clowney is that simply talking to an agent is not anything that would put his eligibility in danger. In fact, Jay Z is not even a certified NFL agent at this time, so he is completely in the clear.
If Jay Z was certified and an agreement was in place for Clowney to choose Roc Nation Sports when he declared for the draft, then it would be a violation.
Here is the NCAA bylaw in question:
It is not a violation of NCAA rules if a student-athlete merely talks to an agent (as long as an agreement for agent representation is not established) or socializes with an agent. For example, a student-athlete could go to dinner with an agent and no NCAA violations would result if the student-athlete provided his own transportation and paid for his meal.
The only way that Clowney would be in trouble is if he received benefits from Jay Z or if he has an agreement in place to sign with Roc Nation Sports after college.
However, that would be awfully hard to prove at this point.
So while South Carolina will be looking in to the situation, Gamecocks fans have nothing to worry about and should have no fear that their biggest star will be ineligible.