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AP source: SC’s Butler joining Penn State staff
Butler told Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier on Wednesday he was moving on, according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke to The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity since neither South Carolina nor Penn State have announced Butler’s destination.
A message left with Penn State athletic spokesman Jeff Nelson was not immediately returned.
Assistant coach in charge of defense, Ellis Johnson, became the Southern Mississippi coach last month. Running backs coach Jay Graham took a similar position at his alma mater of Tennessee.
Spurrier promoted Lorenzo Ward to take control of the defense before South Carolina’s 30-13 win over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. Spurrier, recovering from knee replacement surgery, has said he would take his time filling South Carolina’s openings.
Butler helped Antonio Allen become an all-Southeastern Conference first-team performer and the team leader with 88 tackles. Allen was a second-team selection on the AP All-America team.
The Gamecocks finished eighth in the SEC in punt returns and 11th in league punting. They were seventh in kickoff returns and last in SEC in covering kickoffs.
South Carolina overcame a poor special teams performance in the bowl game to defeat the Cornhuskers. TV cameras showed Butler trying to show Wooten how to drive the football, something Spurrier took note of during his postgame interviews.
The Gamecocks were 11-2 and finished ninth in the final rankings. It was the most wins and the highest finish in program history.
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