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

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 12.5.2.2, 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)

Sides

• Spicy Blake Bell Peppers

• Denard Robinson's Shoestring Potatoes

• Ron English Muffins

Entrees

• 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

Desserts

• 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)

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