USC coach Steve Spurrier has hired Houston Texans assistant John Butler to join his coaching staff. He will coach the Gamecocks special teams. Butler was hired by the Texans earlier this month after working as the special teams coordinator and linebackers coach at the University of Minnesota last season.
We think John Butler is an excellent special teams coach,” said Spurrier. “He had good success at the University of Minnesota. Our coaching staff was impressed with his knowledge and with his eagerness to do the job here at South Carolina. We look forward to having him join our staff.”
Butler’s connection to the Gameoccks is through current strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald. Butler and Fitzgerald worked together at Harvard. Butler will replace Shane Beamer on the staff. Beamer left last week to join the staff at Virginia Tech.
“It’s a great opportunity to work for Coach Spurrier, for the
University of South Carolina and to coach in the best football conference in college football,” said Butler, “It will be a tremendous challenge for me, one that I embrace. I look forward to doing a great job with the kicking game at South Carolina.”
Meanwhile Spurrier has also announced that his son, Steve Spurrier Jr. will take over as the team’s recruiting coordinator. Spurrier Jr. is entering his seventh season on the staff and will continue to coach wide receivers and serve as the passing game coordinator.