South Carolina and Will Muschamp are set to bring back one of their own.
Legendary RB Marcus Lattimore is returning to Columbia to join the staff as the director of player development. He replaces Andre Goodman, who left for another job.
His role, according to The State, will be focussing on off-the-field activities with helping players balance the demands of being a student-athlete and helping ease the transition from high school to college.
“It is a pretty full circle moment to be able to go back to my university and help them,” Lattimore told FOX. “I’ve kept in contact with so many people around the university – in particular coach Muschamp. I’m just really excited about this new endeavor of being director of player development for the football team at the University of South Carolina.”
Lattimore has been a football coach for the last two years at Heathwood Hall, coaching the varsity team in 2017. South Carolina looked at bringing Lattimore on staff two years ago when Will Muschamp was initially hired, but the NCAA ruled that he had to stop his camps as part of the Marcus Lattimore foundation or it would be an unfair recruiting advantage.
The beloved back rushed for 2,677 yards and 41 TDs during his Gamecocks’ career that was cut short due to knee injuries. He signed with the 49ers out of college but never played a down.