In an attempt to stay neutral in the uber-divisive Clemson vs. South Carolina football rivalry, one SC restaurant might have actually gone and upset both schools. Daniel Island Grille has been serving dishes named after three current NCAA football players – the Tigers’ Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins and the Gamecocks’ Jadeveon Clowney. The move is clearly an NCAA violation, as schools must give permission to use their athletes’ names in any commercial activities.
Earlier this week, a few Twitter users shared photos of the menu items, which include “Clowney’s Turkey Avocado Wrap”, “Tajh Boyd Chicken Quesadillas” and “Sammy Watkins Rueben”. The restaurant also has dishes named after Gamecocks’ coach Steve Spurrier and Kansas coach Charlie Weis.
According to The Post and Courier, which contacted both athletic departments, the schools are now aware of the situation and plan to take appropriate action. Hopefully the restaurant will choose to leave the “Charlie Weis Vegetable Wrap” – that’s the only one that’s even mildly clever.