Jadeveon Clowney, Jay-Z talks were within rules

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina spokesman said the school found no impermissible contact between All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Jay-Z, the rap mogul turned sports agency head.

Athletic spokesman Steve Fink said Thursday the athletic compliance office talked with Clowney and reviewed visits between he and Jay-Z. Fink said the school found Clowney had not received any impermissible benefits. NCAA rules allow players to talk with agents as long no agreements are reached regarding future representation.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Clowney understands the rules and has done nothing to damage his eligibility.

Clowney had 13 sacks last season and was the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year.

Texas

WR JONES charged with assault, leaves team: In Austin, Texas, Texas wide receiver Cayleb Jones has been released five months after he was accused of punching a Longhorns tennis player and breaking his jaw.

Coach Mack Brown on Wednesday night said Jones has been given an unconditional release and wished him well.

The sophomore’s father, Robert Jones, said it’s best for his son to get a fresh start and transfer. The family didn’t immediately say where Jones will attend school.

Jones was charged with felony aggravated assault after a February incident involving an ex-girlfriend and her male friend. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor.

Jones last month was reinstated to the Longhorns but faced missing the season opener against New Mexico State as punishment. He played in 11 games as a backup last season.

Kansas

Former Jayhawks standing up for COACH: Members of last year’s Kansas football team that Charlie Weis called a “pile of crap” earlier this week could have taken offense at their former coach’s assessment of them.

Instead, they wholeheartedly agreed.

Weis made the comments during Big 12 media day in Dallas this week, and defensive back Bradley McDougald and fullback Toben Opurum — a captain on that Jayhawks team — said Thursday they came up with the same evaluation of a team that finished 1-11 last year.

McDougald and Opurum are trying to make the Kansas City Chiefs as undrafted free agents.

McDougald said that he didn’t think Weis was disrespecting any players, while Opurum thought that Weis may have been able to “word it differently, but that’s the type of guy he is.”

Big Ten media days

Penn State heading into Year 2 under O’Brien: In Chicago, Bill O’Brien had to learn on the fly last season. Recruiting, academics, marketing responsibilities, it was all on-the-job training for the Penn State coach.

O’Brien says he learned a lot. It remains to be seen if it leads to more victories for the Nittany Lions.

Still, this July trip to Chicago for Big Ten media days was far more enjoyable for the 43-year-old O’Brien. Last year, he arrived after the NCAA announced unprecedented sanctions for the school for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

O’Brien says that was a “tough time” and he’s more comfortable this year. He also has 16 starters coming back from last season’s 8-4 team, including star receiver Allen Robinson.