South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says San Francisco running back Marcus Lattimore his considering retiring from the NFL and he has told the former Gamecocks star that there's a place for him at the university.

Spurrier said Wednesday Lattimore was weighing his options but the player's surgically repaired knee was not responding the way everyone hoped.

The 23-year-old Lattimore suffered two major knee injuries with the Gamecocks. He was drafted by the 49ers in 2013 and sat out last season. He hasn't played this year.

Spurrier says either he, athletic director Ray Tanner or University President Harris Pastides could find a position for Lattimore after football. The coach says Lattimore was among South Carolina's most popular and well-respected players ever. Lattimore, who majored in public health, has not graduated.