COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina All-American Jadeveon Clowney has purchased a $5 million insurance policy to protect himself financially for the 2013 season.

Clowney said Thursday his family bought the policy earlier this year. The NCAA’s “Exceptional Student-Athlete Disability Program” permits qualifying athletes in football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and ice hockey, to take out a loan to help finance the cost of the policy, which they must repay upon signing a pro contract.

The $5 million is the maximum amount allowed and such policies cost about $30,000.

Several analysts say the sophomore defensive end would be the No. 1 pick in this year’s NFL draft if he were eligible. There were questions whether Clowney should sit out this year and not risk an injury that might ruin his draft status.


SPRING PRACTICES BEGIN SUNDAY: In Fayetteville, Ark., spring practice begins Sunday for Arkansas’ football team — the first under new coach Bret Bielema.

The Razorbacks are to hold 15 practices, the last of which is to be the Red-White Spring Game on April 20 at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.


FERENTZ’S FUTURE SON-IN-LAW TO GET NEW SUPERVISOR: In Iowa City, Iowa, the University of Iowa said an administrative assistant who is the future son-in-law of coach Kirk Ferentz will no longer report to the football program to avoid nepotism concerns.

Athletic director Gary Barta said Thursday that Tyler Barnes would now be supervised by Rick Klatt, who oversees the department’s marketing and media relations. He said Barnes had been a model employee, but the change in supervision was necessary because Barnes is planning to marry Ferentz’s 25-year-old daughter in July.

The announcement comes after The Gazette reported Ferentz didn’t disclose the relationship earlier to Barta.

University records show that Ferentz last fall sought and received permission to extend Barnes’ temporary position for a second year through Jan. 2014. Barta says a university review will determine Barnes’ “long-term employment options.”