NCAA Ruling Prevents Marcus Lattimore From Paid South Carolina Staff Position
By Burt Carey
The NCAA’s recent decision to ban the use of football camps as potential recruiting opportunities pushed former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore to choose between working with youth through
his foundation or taking a paid position on Will Muschamp’s staff at USC.
He chose to work with young football players.
Lattimore, the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns for South Carolina, said the NCAA’s ruling forced him to make a tough decision.
“USC compliance tried to vet it as much as possible and do as much as they could to help me out, but I could either do only USC football camps as a USC employee, or do all of my football camps as a non-USC employee,” Lattimore told The State newspaper in Columbia. “It was a tough decision but I wanted to be around as many kids as possible.”
“To clarify the situation concerning the NCAA, I will not be working for USC athletics,” Lattimore stated in a release. “ I have a non-profit (The Marcus Lattimore Foundation) that caters directly to student-athletes. I have a business (football camps) that focuses on the sports performance element of athletes with plans of opening a facility in the upstate. I also work with a few companies that directly help our youth in this great state. I was not aware of the compliance issues that would arise with me taking a position in athletics. I was honored when coach Muschamp offered me a position and I will always be around when the guys in that locker room need me. Although I would love to be a part of the new era of Gamecock football, I have to honor my commitment to our youth. The NCAA ruling is fair and I will fully comply. Thanks to everyone for your continued support. God bless!”
In December 2015 Lattimore became a paid team ambassador for the Gamecocks football program. He also operates youth football camps throughout South Carolina, which the NCAA says would give USC an unfair advantage in recruiting players.
Lattimore played three seasons for South Carolina, rushing for 2,677 yards and scoring 38 touchdowns despite knee injuries in his final two years at the college. The San Francisco 49ers drafted Lattimore in the fourth round of the 2013 draft but his knee injury proved to be career-ending; he never played a down in the NFL before retiring in 2014.
The 5’11” running back was a star at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., where he became one of the most decorated players in South Carolina history. In 2010 he was named South Carolina’s Mr. Football, a title bestowed upon the state’s highest-regarded prep football player. In December he married his high school sweetheart, Miranda Bailey.
Lattimore will be allowed to talk with current South Carolina players, advise potential recruits and promote Gamecock football as long as he is not on the college’s payroll, according to the NCAA.
Source: Baret News