- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina touchdown record holder Marcus Lattimore is on the seven-person advisory panel helping athletic director Ray Tanner find a permanent football replacement for Steve Spurrier.

Lattimore played for Spurrier from 2010 through 2012 and finished as the Gamecocks’ career leader with 38 rushing touchdowns.

Others on the group are attorney I.S. Leevy Johnson, South Carolina professor emeritus Susie VanHuss, board of trustees chairman Eugene Warr, university provost Joan Gabel, former football player Ken Wheat and Chip Comer of the Gamecock Club booster group.

The school released the names after an open records request by The Associated Press.

The school has also hired Texas-based search firm Eastman & Beaudine to help identify candidates.

Spurrier, 70, resigned earlier this month after the Gamecocks had lost their first four Southeastern Conference games. Offensive line coach Shawn Elliott was named South Carolina’s interim coach and led the team to a 19-10 victory over Vanderbilt two weeks ago.

The Gamecocks (3-4, 1-4 SEC) play at Texas A&M; (5-2, 2-2) on Saturday.

The school said the group has not yet gathered to discuss the search.

Lattimore became one of the SEC’s top running backs almost as soon as he joined South Carolina. He rushed for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns his freshman year in 2010, helping the Gamecocks to an SEC Eastern Division title and their only appearance in the league’s championship game.

Lattimore’s final two seasons, however, ended prematurely with devastating knee injuries. Lattimore tore ligaments in his left knee at Mississippi State to end his sophomore season. A year later, Lattimore had rehabbed that injury when he hyperextended his right knee, damaging several ligaments against Tennessee to end that season.

Lattimore was drafted in the fourth round by the San Francisco 49ers, yet retired for good in 2014 when the injury did not respond well enough to play.

Lattimore returned to campus this past January to finish his degree.

Wheat played offensive and defensive linemen during his time with the Gamecocks from 1967-71. He was part of the South Carolina team that won the 1969 Atlantic Coast Conference championship, the program’s lone league title.

Tanner has said Elliott would be a candidate for the position. Tanner hopes to have a permanent coach in place in early December.

Spurrier is the Gamecocks’ all-time leader in coaching victories, going 86-49 in 10-plus seasons with the Gamecocks.

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