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Will Muschamp reaches out to Marcus Lattimore

Marcus Lattimore previously said he was leaning toward not coaching college football in his future. Would that change if Will Muschamp was hired at South Carolina and offered Lattimore a job?
Marcus Lattimore previously said he was leaning toward not coaching college football in his future. Would that change if Will Muschamp was hired at South Carolina and offered Lattimore a job? dmclemore@thestate.com

As South Carolina’s coaching search heats up, at least one candidate thinks he has a very good shot at landing the job.

Will Muschamp offered former star running back Marcus Lattimore a job on his future staff at USC on Thursday, according to sources close to Lattimore. The capacity of the position wasn’t defined, and Lattimore is still weighing the offer, but Muschamp apparently wants Lattimore around.

Muschamp also told Lattimore that he has been in contact with USC President Harris Pastides. The source said that Pastides implied to Muschamp that “they’re going to try to get this thing done as soon as possible.”

Lattimore previously said that he was leaning toward not coaching college football in his future. While he still wants to be around the game, and would do anything to help the Gamecocks – he’s an ambassador for the program now while finishing his degree – the time commitment of being a college coach is what’s made him stay in his current role.

Lattimore has said he could see himself coaching high-school ball one day, but a college position now isn’t something that he would definitely take.

Still, an offer from Muschamp is intriguing to Lattimore, the source said.

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