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January 11, 2012
South Carolina's coaching staff has lost another assistant, as special teams coordinator/spurs coach John Butler is leaving to take a spot on new Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien's staff at Penn State. Reliable sources indicate that Butler is taking a job as a defensive backs coach, not special teams coordinator, at Penn State.
Butler just completed his first season at USC. Previously, he spent four seasons at Minnesota at the college level. He was hired briefly by the Houston Texans before being hired by Steve Spurrier.
Butler is the third USC assistant coach to leave for another program, joining running backs/tight ends coach Jay Graham (Tennessee) and assistant head coach for defense Ellis Johnson (Southern Miss).
On the recruiting trail, Butler recruited south Georgia as well as the Florida Panhandle.
He assisted in the 2012 class with the recruitment of kicker Nick St. Germain and spur Jordan Diggs, both USC commitments. GamecockCentral.com does not expect Butler's departure to have any effect on the commitments of St. Germain or Diggs.
As a USC coach, Butler coached spur Antonio Allen, who was a second-team All-American. The Gamecocks also scored on a fake punt, returned a punt for a touchdown and scored two points on a blocked extra point that was returned.
A potential replacement could be Ray Rychleski, who was at USC for a year before departing for the Indianapolis Colts. He was let go after the Colts' 2011 season, and as GamecockCentral.com has confirmed, would have interest in the job if offered.
For more on Butler's tenure in Columbia, check out our inside notes by following this link to the Insiders Forum (premium item).
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