The NCAA believes having Marcus Lattimore as a staff member for the South Carolina football team would give the program an unfair recruiting advantage, so it’s barring the Gamecocks from hiring the former running back, according to David Cloninger of The State.
Lattimore, 24, wasn’t going to be officially hired until after he graduated in May. He was set to join Will Muschamp’s staff as an advisor to players. He does not have interest in joining the coaching staff. The NCAA reportedly believed his status as a former player and his presence at football camps, as well as at Marcus Lattimore Foundation appearances would give South Carolina an unfair recruiting edge.
While at South Carolina, Lattimore tallied 2,677 rushing yards and 38 rushing touchdowns, but his time with the Gamecocks ended due to a serious knee injury in 2012. He was still drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but never played a snap and retired in 2014.
Lattimore is still free to speak to the team and serve as a program ambassador, but he can’t be added to the team’s staff unless it’s as a coach, which isn’t something he is interested in, according to Cloninger.