Injured South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore won’t attend the 12th-ranked Gamecocks contest with Arkansas on Saturday.
The school said Thursday that Lattimore, team physician Dr. Jeffrey Guy and head trainer Clint Haggard agreed that Lattimore should not attend. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier had said earlier in the week that Lattimore would be on hand when the school unveiled signage at Williams-Brice Stadium honoring the junior for his school career-best 38 rushing touchdowns.
Lattimore suffered a gruesome right knee injury against Tennessee two weeks ago. He had surgery last Friday, Guy and other surgeons repairing several knee ligaments. Guy says there are no plans for additional operations. The school says Lattimore has started his rehabilitation.
CLEMSON: Robert Nkemdiche, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end from Loganville, Ga., who is the nation’s top football recruit in the Class of 2013, has decommitted from the Tigers, his high school coach Mickey Conn told ESPN.com via text message.
When reached Thursday, Nkemdiche said he is not talking about his status anymore.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: It’s not just the game balls that are deflated at the school this fall.
An unimpressive season reached a new, weird low late Wednesday night when No. 21 Southern Cal announced a student manager had been dismissed for underinflating several game balls before the Trojans’ loss to No. 2 Oregon last weekend, earning a fine and a reprimand for the school from the Pac-12.
Coach Lane Kiffin then spent Thursday morning on campus explaining why the Trojans’ latest brush with questionable tactics was an isolated misdeed by an overeager student, not an indication of a somewhat sleazy culture building around a program still attempting to emerge from the clouds of heavy NCAA sanctions in 2010.
“I was just disappointed, because it was just a distraction,” Kiffin said. “It was a distraction that nobody knew about here, that had no effect on the game.”
If anything, it had a negative effect to be throwing two different types of balls for a quarterback.”
I was just disappointed, because it was a distraction that we didn’t need.”