COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Former USC football star Marcus Lattimore has a big decision to make - whether to accept a job on Head Football Coach Will Muschamp's staff or continue to work with his foundation.
Lattimore's stepfather Vernon Smith says they found out recently that USC can't hire Lattimore because it will be a violation of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules. Lattimore works closely with high school kids with his foundation - Marcus Lattimore Foundation/DREAMS. He gives speeches and conducts sports camps, which the NCAA says gives the Gamecocks an unfair recruiting advantage.
Lattimore's duties as a member of Muschamp's staff would include advising players on the responsibilities of a student-athlete and career choices after football.
Smith said Lattimore will probably make a decision after he graduates in May with a public health degree. Right now, Smith says Lattimore is really dedicated to helping kids through his foundation, and it will be difficult to turn his back on the work he's already done.