S. Carolina looking at Jay Z contact

Updated: July 25, 2013, 5:18 PM ET
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South Carolina is looking into whether defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been in contact with agent Jay Z, a school spokesman told NFL.com.

The South Carolina compliance office's investigation into Clowney is "standard operating procedure," Steve Fink, assistant director of athletics for media relations, told NFL.com.

Contact would not necessarily jeopardize Clowney's eligibility this season. Under NCAA rules, student-athletes are allowed to speak to and socialize with agents as long as the players pay for all their own costs, including transportation and meals.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told ESPN on Tuesday that Clowney has a good understanding of NCAA rules.

"All of our conversations [with Clowney] are 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."

Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports represents New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Geno Smith of the New York Jets and Skylar Diggins of the WNBA's Tulsa Shock.

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