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Spurrier: Lattimore says he will return to play… for Gamecocks

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Whether Marcus Lattimore can return from a devastating knee injury, one that involved a dislocated right knee and severe damage to several ligaments in the joint, remains clouded in uncertainty despite optimism on all fronts.

If the running back does indeed return to the playing field, though, the comeback could very well commence in Columbia.

At a rally for what was officially designated “Marcus Lattimore Day” in the state of South Carolina, Steve Spurrier proclaimed that the back, in a text message, said he wasn’t done playing for the Gamecocks.

“The message he gave me was, `I’ll be back,'” Spurrier said. “So he’s coming back.”

The Ol’ Ball Coach punctuated that message with a “can’t wait until that [number] 21 is playing out there at Williams-Brice real soon.”

Unfortunately, real soon doesn’t seem likely.  While USC’s team doctor confirmed there’s a chance Lattimore could return in 2013, there’s also the very real possibility he won’t return until 2014.  Optimism aside, there also exists the possibility that, given the extent of the damage, the resumption of a football career may not be physically possible.

Another possibility?  During the course of what’s expected to an extensive and grueling rehabilitation process, Lattimore could decide to make his return at the NFL level.

Still, the fact that the current chatter in the immediacy of such a horrific injury is a return to the playing field — and the fact that Lattimore has already returned from a torn ACL in his left knee — bodes well for a player who, by all accounts, is the type of class individual who deserves something positive to come out of such an unimaginable development.

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  1. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 29, 2012 7:56 PM

    Best of luck for your return Marcus!

    (now bracing for all the negs from idiot LSU fans and their spiritual leader Mr. Is It Wisdom, I Cannot Say) LOL

  2. barnesaintnoble says: Oct 29, 2012 8:00 PM

    College football players need to be able to leave for the pros (any of the leagues) after one season. It’s just too violent and risky of a sport for that not to be the rule. If the NFL wants a free minor league system, it should be one where the players are paid – and that clearly isn’t going to happen in the NCAA.

  3. tuckfexas says: Oct 29, 2012 8:00 PM

    Sadly, his primary concern at this point should be about being able to walk normally. We’re talking MAJOR reconstructive surgery here.

    They are good at this stuff, but it’s like putting a broken bottle back together.

  4. bamasleeper13 says: Oct 29, 2012 8:06 PM

    Best of luck Marcus! So many are pulling for you!

  5. iprobablybangyouruglyasswife says: Oct 29, 2012 8:16 PM

    and im going to win a billion dollars tomorrow then become president right?

  6. sd1024 says: Oct 29, 2012 9:13 PM

    Hes insane. If he can resume his career, he should collect a check for it.

  7. southernpatriots says: Oct 29, 2012 9:25 PM

    Lattimore has a great attitude and determination. If he is able to maintain that through the surgeries and long rehab, he will likely be able to return by 2014, if not 2013. He should have college eligiblity remaining due to medical red shirting or go directly into the pros. Marcus’ determination is to return to the Gamecocks, that is his focus and dream. Best to him in this hope and dream and in all he choses to do. Our prayers and hope are with you Marcus!

    JT: Over the next year or so as Lattimore’s surgeries and rehab progress, please keep us updated. Thank you.

  8. rawgator06 says: Oct 29, 2012 9:35 PM

    Hopefully, he can recover fully and play at the college level. They shouldn’t rush him though. If he can rehab for 1-2 years and have a possibility to go pro, then dont rush to get back for college.

  9. bleedburgandyandgold says: Oct 29, 2012 10:20 PM

    I’m rooting for him to be able to play again and if his desire is to play another year of college I hope he can but I agree with one of the guys that posted before me if he can come back and play again he should go pro get paid you never know when something like this will happen again but he’s his own man and and deserves to be able to do what he feels is right and ppl should have his back no matter what he chooses good luck Marcus!

  10. therealzeitgeist says: Oct 29, 2012 10:24 PM

    I’ve totally removed my knee cap, not at highest NCAA level of course, but through stupid ad-lib Kung Fu fighting with buddies in a park. Sadly, I was sober.

    I remember looking at my leg, and my knee was no longer lined up with my foot. And man it tickles when your kneecap wanders. But for all the smash it was – my patella is still in three pieces to this day – I was sprinting around three months after it all.

    Being po’, I didn’t have insurance, never have had artho, Doc said I’d be limping by 35 but I can still run, actually run, at 37 right now.

    So even in those most horrible-sounding injuries as what happened to good-guy Lattimore, if he has half my luck he’ll be back. Its more than possible, I’m living – still running – proof. Amen.

  11. michaelbroadaway77 says: Oct 30, 2012 1:10 AM

    A similar injury happened to me a practice. Dislocated patella and torn ligaments. It will require surgery but it is very likely I can play next year. It will get worse before it gets better just keep working hard and it will get better. Its like starting over, because you have to re-learn to walk.

  12. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 30, 2012 3:31 AM

    “I would never discourage Marcus from this dream or his aspirations. This injury looked to be horrendus, one of the worst I have seen. With his determination and work ethic, he could make it back. Whether that is wisdom, I am not to say, but I do wish this honorable young man the very best in whatever he choses to do.”

    This is what you are still pissy about, please point to everyone here again why you felt like “southernpatriot” disrespected Lattimore!!
    Was it bc the “good DOCTOR” (whom by the way is a doctor)..was not there at the game, therefore in your limiter mind have no business in making that statement…
    I’ve read it over and over again and I still have yet to see the offensive message in that statement!!!
    Only reason I’m saying something in “southernpatriot ‘s” stance is bc I know the good doctor will not bother to response to pieces of chicken sh!t 💩💩like you .
    Unlike the Good Doctor here, I’m not as polite or wise enough to just back off, I Fu&$ing hate bullies like you and I would love to introduce you my little friend… ( use your imagination, whom my little friend us,.. Asian has little what???) he’s big enough to shut your pie hole up!! That’s all that matter.

  13. florida727 says: Oct 30, 2012 9:36 AM

    “southernpatriots”, wondering if you know the extent of Marcus’ injuries? Which/how many ligaments were damaged? What kind of (multiple) surgeries will be required? Is there a sequence of these surgeries that has to take place in certain timeframes? I’m guessing you’d know better than anyone. Any insights? Prayers still with you too as you continue with relief efforts in Louisiana. God bless. – DJ…

  14. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 30, 2012 12:43 PM

    @ crazyasian

    Wahhhhh, did I hurt your wittle feewings? LMAO

  15. pricecube says: Oct 30, 2012 3:08 PM


    I too have dislocated my kneecap… It hurt so badly my brain froze. Normally if I stub my toe an embarrassing flurry of expletives flows forth… In this instance .. looking down at my leg .. seeing the unnatural angle… where my knee normally resides my leg was strangely flat and on the side of my leg a strange lump … where my knee was now hanging out on the outside of my leg… well I was at a loss for words … including my beloved expletives. Everyone tried to hold me down to keep me from moving but I managed to straighten my leg and my knee cap popped back into place.

    My injury was nothing compared to what I saw Saturday… I find it a miracle Lattimore did not sever his popliteal artery… I honestly thought he might lose the leg below the knee. My heart goes out to him. I hope he makes a full recovery…

  16. Mrs. Norton says: Oct 30, 2012 5:37 PM

    All the best to you and your family Marcus.
    Praying for you and your family.

  17. 49ersgiants4life says: Oct 30, 2012 7:07 PM

    I don’t understand the people saying he should go pro he should get his degree so he has that to fall back on with the uncertainty of his leg I think finishing school would be the smartest decision

  18. southernpatriots says: Oct 31, 2012 6:34 AM


    South Carolina is not releasing much information (not any ligaments were actually damaged) though from observations of his leg after Tennessee Volunteer defensive back Eric Gordon’s hit, it appears that perhaps 2 main ligaments were torn. This may be one of the somewhat rare cases where a university actually heeds the Privacy Rule. Reporters have reported that several ligaments are involved.

    From all appearances, though NOT confirmed, Marcus tore his lateral collateral ligament (LCL) which connects the thigh bone to the fibula. Another main ligament was likely involved. Of the 4 main ligaments McGahee tore 3, but not the LCL. Marcus likely tore also the ACL or PCL (the cruciate ligaments). If so, this/these ligament(s) cannot just be reconnected. They must be reconstructed by taking ligament(s) from other sites in the body (surgical removal) and replacing the torn ACL or PCL.

    The number of surgeries depend upon the surgeon and how much reconstruction may be necessary. To avoid scar tissue formation, the surgeon can opt for smaller operations, scheduled over a longer period of time. Surgery is not the big factor. Rehab is the HUGE factor. Marcus will have to learn to walk again. Surgeons are able to enable the patient to walk again, often without a limp, however, no surgeon is able to restore an athlete’s mobility and strength to that knee/leg. McGahee is a an extraordinary exception. Lattimore may well be also. But it should not be assumed that this is the normal results of reconstruction ligament surgery.

    Lattimore is one of the most beloved Gamecocks in all history. Huge rallies have taken place to support him in Columbia and elsewhere. Gov. Nikki Haley (a very strong and faithful Clemson Tiger) has declared “Marcus Lattimore Day.”

    Thanks for the wishes on our Hurricane Isaac Relief. The relief continues because it has to. Many are still not back into their homes. Insurance will not pay the repair costs, and like after Katrina, it appears some will have to be sued to make them pay what is due, but meanwhile the affected people have no homes, no jobs, etc. We are helping all we can, as much as we are enabled. Thanks again.

  19. igottz5onit says: Oct 31, 2012 3:20 PM

    Why would he want to take a pay cut and move to the NFL?

  20. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 31, 2012 3:59 PM

    Thank you for the info… I really hope and pray that he’ll have all his mobilities back, and selfishly hope I will see him play again. I am not easily AWE by football players, but in Marcus case, as have stated in the past, I was and am at an AWE with him as a great football player with an exceptional talent, and him as a great person with exceptional humility.

  21. parkcityute says: Nov 1, 2012 5:27 AM

    I only saw Lattimore play in one game, but one game was enough to see his extraordinary talent. I wish he played for the Utes! We need a better running game. I am so sorry to hear of his injury after what he suffered last season. My prayers and thoughts are with him for a full recovery.

    I very seldom post, except for my Utes. I read most stories and threads and that is how I keep up with college football and on the pro side, pro football. I hate to do this but…

    Who the hell is houndofthebaskervols? Is he a teenager? He acts like he can lie and post anything he wants to. I have read southernpatriots postings from the moment I came to College Football Talk and have found them so informative and interesting, always having insight and balance, tempered by much compassion. They remind me of my late father and uncle.

    I agree with thecrazyasianinseccountry that baskervols is a bully and I will add a punk. I put a negative thumb to you you f…..n punk and I will post a negative thumb to you as long as you post on this site! You are not worthy to wipe the sweat from the foreheads of the family of southernpatriots as they help others.

    Southernpatriots, I know you don’t know me, but I am graduate of Utah and a strong fan out here in the PAC. I really enjoyed your “red beans and rice with sausage” recipe you posted on here some time ago. Do you have a Cajun seafood dish I can fix for a pre-Thanksgiving meal I am planning the day before Thanksgiving for visiting fellow Utah alums? I guess we will have about 30 or 40 total. Also, southernpatriots, keep up the good work, God sees what you are doing and He will reward you and ignore the teenage punk on this thread and the others who have falsely accused you, greater is your reward.

    I know you guys did, but everyone should go vote.

  22. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Nov 1, 2012 8:35 AM

    Well said !!

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