Photos of Clowney, Whitlock on party poster

jkendall@thestate.comDecember 21, 2011 

South Carolina compliance officers are “looking into” a poster with pictures of freshman defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and senior cornerback C.C. Whitlock that promotes a Christmas party at a Rock Hill nightclub, a school official said Wednesday.

The poster, featuring large pictures of the two Gamecocks, can be seen on a Facebook page advertising the “**Carolina Christmas** X-Mas Eve Explosion” at Club Cascade in Rock Hill on Saturday night. Both players are from the area.

The poster says the party is “hosted by” Clowney and Whitlock. It is a secondary NCAA violation for an athlete’s name and/or photo to be used to promote a business. It is unclear if Clowney or Whitlock know their likeness is being used on the poster.

The Facebook page reads: “#TEAMCASCADE ALONG WITH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS'S OWN CEE CEE WHITLOCK & JADEVEON "DOO DOO" CLOWNEY PRESENT "CAROLINA CHRISTMAS" X-MAS EVE EXPLOSION..EVERYBODY FREE TILL 11 DRINK SPECIALS ALL NIGHT LONG----->@CLUB CASCADE WE ARE ALSO CELEBRATING THE B-DAY OF SHEENA ANDERSON & OM BLAKE!!!!!.”

North Carolina wide receiver Dwight Jones was declared ineligible by the school for the Tar Heels bowl game for a similar matter before being cleared to play by the NCAA.

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins’ name was used on a poster promoting a “Naughty or Nice X-Mas Party” at the Firepit, a restaurant in his home state of Florida. Clemson officials sent a cease-and-desist letter to the restaurant and “fully expects” Watkins to be eligible to participate in the Orange Bowl, a Clemson spokesman told a Florida newspaper.

South Carolina plays Nebraska on Jan. 2 in the Capital One Bowl. The No. 10 Gamecocks canceled Wednesday afternoon’s practice due to bad weather.

Clowney, the SEC’s freshman of the year, had six sacks and 10 tackles-for-loss in the regular season. Whitlock, a part-time starter, is tied for the team lead with three interceptions.

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