Superstar player gets superstar agent? Only one problem. This particular star player is still in college, attending the University of South Carolina, and the school is not happy to hear about it. A YouWager news source tells us that South Carolina compliance is taking a look into a possibly questionable relationship between Jay Z, now a sports agent, and Jadeveon Clowney, the SEC’s Defensive Player of the year.
Some of YouWager’s football betting fans have remarked that Clowney looks more like a player that should be attending an NFL training camp than a college kid. But as Clowney enters the 2013 college football wagering season, he will only be a junior. NFL analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. said, “Clowney’s a rare talent, basically to the defensive end spot what Andrew Luck and RG3 were to the quarterback position. These type of prospects just don’t come along very often.”
Steve Fink, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations at South Carolina, told YouWager source that the school is examining the relationship between Jadeveon Clowney and the hip-hop mogul. Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports agency has been aggressively expanding. Fink said the investigation was “standard operating procedure.”
There was some speculation in the online betting community recently when Clowney posted a screen grab of a tweet describing the reports — to his Instagram account. He added the caption, “You know we about to turn up. Dream coming true.” Clowney has already removed the image from his account.
YouWager’s serious college football bettors should not despair. So far, there’s no indication that one of the most exciting players in college football has done anything to risk his college eligibility. Simply talking to an agent is well within the NCAA rules.
The NCAA bylaws put it this way:
“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.”
Unless the Gamecocks find that Jay Z provided Clowney with benefits, or that Clowney has already agreed to sign with the agency in the 2014 NFL football wagering season, Jay Z and Clowney can talk all they want.
No one is saying yet when Clowney would make that leap to the NFL. Some sportsbook bettors feel Clowney could have been a first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
It might be unlikely at this point, given the interest in Clowney’s skills after the dramatic hit and fumble recovery he made in the Outback Bowl to help South Carolina beat Michigan, but Clowney could come back for another season if he wants. As a senior analyst at YouWager points out, Clowney could be a senior in the 2014 season. He’s only 20 years old.