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Butler heading North

South Carolina is on the hunt for another coach. Special teams coordinator and Spurs coach John Butler has accepted a position with Penn State University.

South Carolina's John Butler will join the staff at Penn State.

Butler was in his first year at South Carolina after spending four seasons at Minnesota in a similar role. He also had college stints at Harvard and two small schools.

While at South Carolina, the Gamecocks had mediocre success on special teams. South Carolina was No. 8 in the Southeastern Conference and No. 68 nationally in punt returns. The punt unit was No. 11 in the conference and No. 92 nationally.

On kickoff returns, South Carolina was No. 7 in the conference and No. 60 nationally, averaging 21.84 yards per return. The Gamecocks finished last in kickoff coverage in the conference.

Senior Jay Wooten was one of the bright spots converting 7-of-11 field goals, with a long of 49.

New Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien is in the midst of putting together his staff, and tabbed Butler as someone he wanted on his staff. Butler worked with current Penn State defensive coordinator Ted Roof at Minnesota.

South Carolina now has three vacant positions on the staff. Before the bowl, head coach Steve Spurrier promoted Lorenzo Ward to lead the defense after the departure of Ellis Johnson to Southern Miss.

Spurrier still has to find a new running backs coach as Jay Graham left for Tennessee. Ward will need a linebackers coach to replace Johnson and Butler will need to be replaced.

Who could replace Butler?

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