Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore recently had to turn down a paid position on the Gamecocks’ coaching staff due to the NCAA stating his also running youth football camps across the state could provide an unfair recruiting advantage, but Lattimore has made his peace with it.
“The NCAA ruling is fair and I will fully comply,” Lattimore said in a statement.
But don’t think Lattimore is 100 percent OK with the decision he had to make. In an interview with David Cloninger of The State, the former Gamecocks star discussed just how hard it was for him to make the decision between community outreach and his devotion to his alma mater.
“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 said. “It was a tough decision but I wanted to be around as many kids as possible.”
The good news is that Lattimore will still be allowed to work as unofficial ambassador for South Carolina and the Gamecocks program and though most have their fair share of criticism towards the NCAA, it hit the nail right on the head in this case.
Just the same, given how Marcus Lattimore was a star for South Carolina before a horrific knee injury ended his career, it’s sad that he won’t be able to give back to the players as a member of the coaching staff.
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