Why Jay-Z may be the only man who can stop Clowney

It appears rap star Jay-Z now has 100 problems, and South Carolina football standout Jadeveon Clowney is one.

South Carolina’s compliance department is checking into the possibility of contact being made between the All-American defensive end, considered one of the top prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft, and rapper-turned sports 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.

If the contact is deemed to be inappropriate by the NCAA, Clowney could face a possible suspension or be declared ineligible for the season. 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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