The NCAA ruled on Friday that former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore could not take an official position with the Gamecocks as an advisor to players, citing an unfair recruiting advantage due to his involvement in football camps for youth and The Marcus Lattimore Foundation.
Lattimore responded to the ruling in a statement Monday, per The State:
“To clarify the situation concerning the NCAA, I will not be working for USC athletics. 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!”
Lattimore is still allowed to speak to the team and serve as a program ambassador, but he can’t be added to the staff in an official capacity unless he’s on the coaching staff. However, Lattimore has not indicated an interest in a coaching position.