Steve Spurrier guarantees Marcus Lattimore position at South Carolina

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has let former Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore know that there’s a position for him at the university.

Lattimore, who suffered two major knee injuries with the Gamecocks, informed the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday that he will retire from the NFL. Spurrier said Lattimore’s surgically repaired knee was not responding the way everyone hoped.

The 23-year-old Lattimore was drafted by the 49ers in 2013 and sat out last season. He hasn’t played this year. In a statement he posted to Twitter, he announced his plans to return to South Carolina to complete his degree.

Spurrier says either he, athletic director Ray Tanner or University President Harris Pastides could find a position for Lattimore after football.

"If he wants to come back and work for the University of South Carolina, certainly the president, athletic director or myself, whatever we can find job-wise for him here, we would certainly do that," Spurrier said, according to Yahoo Sports. "I’m sure between the three of us, we’ll find something for him to help out here with the athletic program, not only football but all athletes."

The coach says Lattimore was among South Carolina’s most popular and well-respected players ever. Lattimore had previously been majoring in public health.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.