Fifty grand might not be anything to a person like Jay-Z, but lost scholarships and play eligibility are sort of important to college players. Luckily, the South Carolina Gamecocks deemed defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s reported “regular contact” with Jay-Z as ok.
According to a handwritten statement by the South Carolina’s assistant director of athletics for media relations, Steve Fink, none of the contact between emerging sports agent Jay-Z and Clowney was against NCAA rules:
“Based on the facts that USC has gathered, Jadeveon Clowney has not had any impermissible conversations nor has he received any impermissible benefits,”
While improper contact between sports agents and collegiate athletes has been an epidemic for decades, NCAA rules allow contact as long as the agent pays for nothing for the player during the contact, including meals and transportation.