SC record-holder Marcus Lattimore is returning to the Gamecocks as director of player development and life skills. He has been coaching high school fooball for the last two years.
Lattimore, who coached the last two years at nearby Heathwood Hall, became a SC legend nearly immediately upon arrival in 2010. However, Lattimore has been adamant about not wanting to transition into coaching college football because of the enormous time demands.
Lattimore, whose National Football League career failed to get off the ground after a pair of serious knee injuries in college, will serve as the Gamecocks' director of player development for life skills.
Lattimore will also oversee the Gamecocks' Beyond Football program, which exposes players to off-field careers.
He's scheduled to be officially introduced later this week.
"It is a pretty full-circle moment to be able to go back to my university and help them", Lattimore told WACH Fox 57 in Columbia, South Carolina.
"I can't technically be involved in my foundation's programs".
He wanted to get back to SC for a while, especially since Will Muschamp was hired as the head coach, but he was forbidden to do so by the NCAA because he has a foundation that involves some Gamecocks recruits. Because his foundation provides financial support to student-athletes, his unofficial role on the Gamecocks would have been considered an unfair recruiting advantage.
The NCAA blocked the move, because Lattimore - through his charitable foundation - ran football camps in the state. As a freshman, Lattimore rushed for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns and was a part of three teams that either played in the SEC championship game or finished in the top 10 nationally.
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