Former South Carolina star running back Marcus Lattimore, whose National Football League career was derailed by two devastating knee injuries in college, has returned to his alma mater to be a part of Will Muschamp's staff. The Muschamp era in SC got off to a so-so start as the Gamecocks finished the season 6-7 overall, 3-5 in conference play and lost the Birmingham Bowl to a mid-major squad in the South Florida Bulls.
"It is a pretty full circle moment to be able to go back to my university and help them", Lattimore said.More news: Recent Insiders Bustle: Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), MGIC Investment Corporation (MTG)
Muschamp initially signed a five-year deal that paid out $3 million annually, according to The State, but he earned a sizable raise following a strong showing during his second season on the job. "I've kept in contact with so many people around the university - in particular Coach Muschamp".
In 2016, new Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp tried to hire Lattimore as an advisor who wouldn't coach but would speak to the team. In the previous year, he'd earn $5.2 million.More news: East Coast locked in wickedly cold weekend of subzero temps
"No one knows how to handle adversity and success as a Gamecock more than Marcus Lattimore", South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp told ESPN of the 26-year-old.
However, he worked out the problem as he can still have his foundation, he is just unable to be involved with it directly to prevent recruiting violations. "I can still have my foundation and I can still do the things that I want to do but I can't be present at those events". As a freshman, Lattimore rushed for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns and was a part of three teams that either played in the SEC championship game or finished in the top 10 nationally. His career was slowed by a catastrophic injury he sustained to his left knee which massively hurt his draft stock.More news: Star Wars 9: Daisy Ridley cried when she learned Rey's fate