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07:21 AM ET 07.24 | The preseason buzz has started a little early for star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, and it isn't great news in Columbia. The University of South Carolina's athletic department is looking into whether [Clowney] has been in contact with agent JAY Z. Such contact could constitute an NCAA violation, which could jeopardize Clowney's eligibility with the Gamecocks, depending on the circumstances of the contact. NCAA rules prohibit players accepting cash or things of value from agents before their eligibility has expired. South Carolina Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations Steve Fink confirmed that the matter is being checked out by the Gamecocks' compliance office, calling it "standard operating procedure" in an email to NFL Draft 365.

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July 24, 2013  07:42 AM ET

Lead off hitter.

July 24, 2013  07:42 AM ET

Spurrier is quoted in a more extensive article saying that the rules of agent contact have been clearly explained to Clowney. He can talk all he wants, but can't accept anything, including a meal, from them. I hope Clowney is being careful, hate to see him lose his eligibility for this.

July 24, 2013  07:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Lead off hitter.

West Texas Speed.

July 24, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Wheaux


If JC became ineligible, it's safe to say that would make a significant impact on the East race. As much as it would be a good thing for my team, I'd truly hate to see him lose his eligibility for something as stoopid as impermissible agent interaction. Hope it doesn't happen.

July 24, 2013  08:36 AM ET

I really hope he is clean. I love watching him play.

July 24, 2013  08:58 AM ET

you'd hope the bagmen of USCe would make sure he is well taken care of this year!

July 24, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

WheauxIf JC became ineligible, it's safe to say that would make a significant impact on the East race. As much as it would be a good thing for my team, I'd truly hate to see him lose his eligibility for something as stoopid as impermissible agent interaction. Hope it doesn't happen.

I just hope the rules are enforced consistently. There has to be accountability and there has to be consequences if there were violations, no matter if we agree with the current rules or not. It has to be the same for a 2nd string player as it is for a Heisman candidate whose image is being used to market the league's brand.

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July 24, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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I just hope the rules are enforced consistently. There has to be accountability and there has to be consequences if there were violations, no matter if we agree with the current rules or not. It has to be the same for a 2nd string player as it is for a Heisman candidate whose image is being used to market the league's brand.

Totally agree, Doc. This is certainly a place where the temptation to "bend the rules" would be exceedingly high.

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July 24, 2013  10:08 AM ET
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Funny football coaches have gone from salaries from $30,000 a year to $5 million as revenues exploded a year but football scholarships have stayed the same??? MMMM?

The cost of 4 (or more) years of college has gone from $10,000 to $100,000. All free for a student/athlete on scholarship.

July 24, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I just hope the rules are enforced consistently. There has to be accountability and there has to be consequences if there were violations, no matter if we agree with the current rules or not. It has to be the same for a 2nd string player as it is for a Heisman candidate whose image is being used to market the league's brand.

remember this is what got Dez suspended for the year

July 24, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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The cost of 4 (or more) years of college has gone from $10,000 to $100,000. All free for a student/athlete on scholarship.

$100k? Some of these schools are closer to $200k

July 24, 2013  10:14 AM ET

He is a lock for a top 5 pick, I hope he does not blow his senior season by being dumb.

July 24, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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remember this is what got Dez suspended for the year

You can bet SOS's visor would take an epic, gargantuan, monumental beating if Clowney became ineligible.

July 24, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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He is a lock for a top 5 pick, I hope he does not blow his senior season by being dumb.

He will need to put on some weight to play DL at the next level.

July 24, 2013  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

You can bet SOS's visor would take an epic, gargantuan, monumental beating if Clowney became ineligible.

just as long as he's not dumb enough to fudge the details like Dez did

July 24, 2013  10:36 AM ET

If I were JC I'd sit out the year and wait to be a top 3 pick in the draft. Only one who loses out are the networks.

July 24, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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Spurrier is quoted in a more extensive article saying that the rules of agent contact have been clearly explained to Clowney. He can talk all he wants, but can't accept anything, including a meal, from them. I hope Clowney is being careful, hate to see him lose his eligibility for this.

Hmm, another Reggie Bush??

 
July 24, 2013  10:38 AM ET
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If I were JC I'd sit out the year and wait to be a top 3 pick in the draft. Only one who loses out are the networks.

Maybe, just maybe South Carolina will lose out too!!!

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