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Report: NCAA Won't Let Marcus Lattimore Work For South Carolina Because Of "Unfair Recruiting Advantages"

Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will not be allowed to join Will Muschamp's staff without becoming a full-on coach, according to David Cloninger of The State.Why? Lattimore's status as a former player makes the NCAA consider it an "unfair recruiting advantage." Lattimore had planned on speaking to the team from time to time this season.

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Lattimore, who will graduate from USC next month, was never going to coach but was going to speak to the team about life off the field and beyond the game, such as he does through The Marcus Lattimore Foundation. Muschamp contacted Lattimore about some kind of position with the team before he was ever hired, wanting the Gamecocks’ career leader in touchdowns around in some capacity.

For the record, Lattimore reportedly does not have interest in becoming a coach for the program.

Expect there to be some backlash against the NCAA here. Lattimore is one of the most well-liked players in program history.