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Restaurant Removes Dishes Named After NCAA Athletes

Daniel Island Grille's offending menu item.
Daniel Island Grille's offending menu item.
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A restaurant in Daniel Island, South Carolina has changed the names of several menu items after learning that the use of collegiate athletes' names to promote products violates NCAA rules. According to Yahoo News!, the Daniel Island Grille used the names of three South Carolina and Clemson football players — Jadeveon Clowney, Tajh Boyd, and Sammy Watkins — in menu items like the "Tajh Boyd chicken quesadilla."

Although the players were not involved in the arbitrary naming (other dishes at the Daniel Island Grille include "Williams Sisters Spinach Dip" and "Tom Brady's Onion Rings"), NCAA rules explicitly state that if an athlete's name is used to promote a commercial product, the student "is required to take steps to stop such an activity in order to retain his or her eligibility for intercollegiate athletics." Both South Carolina and Clemson officials stepped in, and the NCAA players' names have already been scrubbed from the menu. Meanwhile, USA Today offers their attempt at improving the clunky naming conventions. (Take the Rocky Balboa Burger: "Delicious the first time you eat it, then gets progressively worse every time after.")

· South Carolina Restaurant Using Names of College Stars [Yahoo Sports]
· Restaurant Can't Name Turkey Wrap after Jadeveon Clowney [USA Today]

Daniel Island Grille

259 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel ISland, SC 29492

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