Marcus Lattimore won’t work on the South Carolina football staff after all.
The former Gamecocks running back will not be part of the USC staff because of outside interests in which he works with recruitable athletes. South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp had originally planned to bring Lattimore on board as an advisor to players.
Lattimore confirmed to The (Columbia) State on Friday that his work in youth camps and through his foundation would constitute an unfair recruiting advantage in the eyes of the NCAA. The NCAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
South Carolina’s career leader in touchdowns, Lattimore was to work as a life skills coach upon his graduation in May. The plan was for Lattimore and another former USC player, Andre Goodman, to work as official staff members and instruct players in “life skills beyond football,” Muschamp told The Post and Courier in January. They would not be on-field coaches.
The program was designed to be similar to one Muschamp had at Florida, where he was head coach from 2011-14, and focus on matters such as writing a resume, balancing a checkbook, even tying a necktie.
Muschamp wanted Lattimore and Goodman to “be involved with our student-athletes on a day-to-day basis, be in the weight room with them, be in the training room with them,” he said. “They’re going to go to Marcus and Andre with stuff they won’t come to coach Muschamp about, and it’s really, really important for the players to have that.”
While Lattimore may still perform some of those functions in an unofficial role, he will not serve as a member of the Gamecocks’ staff. One of the most beloved football players in USC history, Lattimore rushed for 2,600 yards and 38 touchdowns in a career cut short by knee injuries.