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Knock off a ranked team with a young squad, doctor and you’ll get some national attention.

South Carolina pulled it off Saturday against Tennessee and got a little shout out Monday from Kirk Herbstreit, ailment ESPN’s top college football color commentator. He listed South Carolina as his top performer for the week in a tweet Monday night.

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USC head coach Steve Sarkisian was placed on an “indefinite leave” from the football team by the university’s Athletic Director Pat Haden on Sunday after it became apparent that he was “not healthy.”

Clay Helton, the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, will take over as the interim coach, USC stated.

Sarkisian was not at the team’s practice early Sunday afternoon, prompting a phone call from the athletic director once he learned of the situation.

Based on the conversation, “It was very clear to me that he is not healthy,” Haden told reporters at a brief news conference. “I asked him to take an indefinite leave of absence.”

When asked by a reporter to specify what led to the determination that Sarkisian was not fit to continue coaching, Haden responded, “It was apparent,” but did not elaborate.

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Marcus Lattimore will forever be an ambassador for South Carolina football, medications but it won’t be as an official part of the program.

The NCAA has stated that Lattimore cannot join Will Muschamp’s staff at USC due to Lattimore’s status as a former player and his presence through football camps and foundation. The NCAA considers it an unfair recruiting advantage.

Lattimore, who will graduate from USC next month, was never going to coach but was going to speak to the team about life off the field and beyond the game, such as he does through The Marcus Lattimore Foundation. Muschamp contacted Lattimore about some kind of position with the team before he was ever hired, wanting the Gamecocks’ career leader in touchdowns around in some capacity.

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