Posted August 19, 2013

Restaurant names dishes for Tajh Boyd, Jadeveon Clowney; more possible items

Jadeveon Clowney, NCAA, Tajh Boyd
Tajh Boyd

Clemson’s Tajh Boyd: Heisman candidate and (potential) chicken quesadillas aficionado. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

By Zac Ellis

In the latest absurd twist in the ongoing debate surrounding the rights to student-athletes likenesses, a South Carolina restaurant recently made headlines for linking menu items with player names. Daniel Island Grille on Daniel Island, S.C., features three player-themed selections, according to the Charleston Post and Courier. The Tajh Boyd Chicken Quesadillas are priced at $8.99, alongside Clowney’s Turkey Avocado Wrap ($8.99) and the Sammy Watkins Reuben ($9.99).

The restaurant’s use of the names could run against NCAA rules, specifically NCAA Bylaw, which bans the use of student-athletes’ names or pictures without knowledge or permission:

“If a student-athlete’s name or picture appears on commercial items (e.g., T-shirts, sweatshirts, serving trays, playing cards, posters, photographs) or is used to promote a commercial product sold by an individual or agency without the student-athlete’s knowledge or permission, the student-athlete (or the institution acting on behalf of the student-athlete) is required to take steps to stop such an activity in order to retain his or her eligibility for intercollegiate athletics.”

According to the report, Clemson contacted the restaurant this week and requested that the items be removed, even issuing an official cease-and-desist letter. South Carolina SID Steve Fink wrote in an email: “We were unaware that Jadeveon’s name was being used in this manner. We will follow up and take the appropriate actions necessary.”

The issue involving student-athlete likenesses, which is central to the high-profile Ed O’Bannon v. the NCAA case, seems to be straying further and further from its roots — and it’s a shame the NCAA would prevent player-themed delicacies from gracing the nation’s menus. Campus Union is here to correct that. Here are a few potential options to consider, if they were allowed:

Appetizers & Drinks

• Marqise Lee’s Raspberry Iced Tea

• Blake Bortles’ Baked Potato Bar

• Stefon Diggs’ 12-Layer Bean Dip

• Gary Nova Hot Wings (four, eight or 12 wings)

• Jimbo Shrimp Cocktail

• Shayne Skov’s Party in the Snackfield Sampler Platter (potato skins, onion rings, quesadillas and mozzarella sticks)


• Spicy Blake Bell Peppers

• Denard Robinson’s Shoestring Potatoes

• Ron English Muffins


• Johnny Hot Dog

• Dri Archer’s Golden Flash Chicken Tenders (with house specialty sweet and sour sauce)

• Jordan Lynch Fire and Brimstone Mango Habanero Chicken Wrap

• Tommy Rees’ Fish ‘N’ Chips (Back by popular demand!)

• Les Miles’ Grass-Fed Beef Burger

• Marcus Mariota’s Peking Duck

• De’Anthony Thomas’ SEEN A STEER Porterhouse Steak

• Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall’s Don’t Call Us Gurshall Surf N’ Turf Combo

• Jason Verrett’s Pick-Six: Your choice of three appetizers, two entrees and one dessert


• Todd Graham Parfait (Here for a limited time!)

• Nick Saban’s Ice Cream Saturday (includes chocolate chips, cookie dough and BCS title rings — allow time to process)


So what happens when they find someone else in America that has the same name and just say it's named after them? 

If there's a family called the Focker's, then there's got to be someone named the same as these guys.


Well, that's a fine bylaw you got there NCAA.  Let me check my wallet.... driver's license, car insurance.... nope. Nothing here that says I'm a member of your little cabal or bound in any way by your rules.  OH WAIT.. there's one more card in my wallet... almost missed it:



In other words, the NCAA and the chancellors of these schools want to make sure that if you use the name or likeness of one of their athletes, you pay up first.. and not to the athlete, but pay them.  It all comes back to the NCAA is out to make a ton of money off these athletes and then will penalize anyone else who does so.


So If I wanted to get a player in trouble from a team I don't like, name a product after them and sell it?


Should be fine as long as that money is not going to players.  Oh wait, their schools aren't happy someone else is making money off these guys.