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Lattimore injury reaction nets SEC sportsmanship award for Vols, ‘Cocks

Marcus Lattimore AP

One of the more gruesome injuries in recent memory occurred in late October, with South Carolina running back suffering a severe and devastating knee injury.

The Gamecocks reaction to their fallen teammate was typical as the entire squad gathered around the running back, who had just suffered the second serious knee injury of his career.  The reaction of the Gamecocks’ opponents, the Tennessee Volunteers, was somewhat atypical, though; the Vols, like their SEC foes, gathered around Lattimore as well as the back was being tended to by USC medical personnel and loaded onto a cart for further treatment.

For the reaction on both fronts, the SEC announced Monday, the Vols and Gamecocks were named, along with Georgia tennis player Maho Kowase, the recipients of the conference’s 2013 Sportsmanship Award.

“Sportsmanship, civility and societal responsibility are things that will lead to victories throughout the course of life,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. “I congratulate Maho and the University of South Carolina and University of Tennessee football teams for this prestigious honor, and for being committed to athletic excellence and overall excellence.”

The release went on to state that “[d]espite being engaged in a heated conference game, both teams set aside their battle to show support for a football player, regardless of which uniform he wore. The act displayed both great sportsmanship by the teams gathered as one support unit as well as the impact that Lattimore had on his sport.”

Below is a well-produced UT video of the immediate aftermath of Lattimore’s injury:

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8 Responses to “Lattimore injury reaction nets SEC sportsmanship award for Vols, ‘Cocks”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Jun 17, 2013 5:05 PM

    Good award, and well deserved.

  2. jtacane says: Jun 17, 2013 5:29 PM

    Too bad it took something so horrible to come together like this. But it did and two classy schools acted appropriately and put the health of Lattimore above all else. I hope he recovers and does what ever he wants to in the future. Hopefully, this wont affect his health too badly as he ages..

  3. canetic says: Jun 17, 2013 5:53 PM

    Why does that video leave out the part where the TN player deliberately went low to injure him? That doesn’t seem very sportsmanlike.

  4. thegamecocker says: Jun 17, 2013 7:22 PM

    I think former Coach Dooley deserves some credit here as well. While Marcus was re-injured, it shows the tremendous sportsmanship and good-will demonstrated by the University of Tennessee and of course U. of South Carolina. I’m so pleased that Commissioner Slive took the opportunity to bestow this award on both football teams. Unfortunately the Georgia Tennis Player, Maho Kowase was somewhat overlooked. He too should be congratulated for demonstrating good sportsmanship. Too often this lost in the heat of battle and it’s important IMO.

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 17, 2013 8:01 PM

    @thegamecocker–well said and thank you for saying it. Good post, thumbs up!

    Slive did a good thing here.

  6. titansbro says: Jun 17, 2013 10:01 PM

    Canetic is a moron. That’s a typical football play. Sucks he got injured, but just a guy trying to make a tackle.

  7. titansbro says: Jun 17, 2013 10:01 PM

    Btw, what’s that song? Good stuff.

  8. grudenthediva says: Jun 18, 2013 11:50 AM

    “Why does that video leave out the part where the TN player deliberately went low to injure him? That doesn’t seem very sportsmanlike.”

    Bet you’d be soiling yourself if one of those Pansycanes did that to Lattimore.

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