COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Marcus Lattimore has made his decision.
The former University of South Carolina running back says he will not be working with the Gamecocks football team.
"To clarify the situation concerning the NCAA, I will not be working for USC athletics," Lattimore said in a statement. "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's foundation works closely with high school student-athletes, where he gives speeches and offers sports camps as well. His involvement with the Marcus Lattimore/DREAMS Foundation as a member of the South Carolina football staff would provide an unfair recruiting advantage, according to the NCAA.
Had Lattimore accepted the position with the staff under new Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp, the former Byrnes High standout would have played a role in advising players on the responsibilities of a student-athlete and career choices once their football career ends.
Lattimore will graduate from the University of South Carolina in May with a degree in public health.