South Carolina special teams coach John Butler is leaving for Penn State and the staff of new Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien.
Butler’s departure means Spurrier has three staff vacancies to fill.
Assistant coach in charge of defense, Ellis Johnson, became the Southern Mississippi coach in December. Running backs coach Jay Graham took a similar position at his alma mater of Tennessee.
GEORGIA: Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham says he is “on track” to an agreement for a contract extension.
Grantham has one year remaining on his three-year contract with Georgia. He says he has talked with coach Mark Richt and athletic director Greg McGarity and is close to “finalizing details” on a contract extension.
PENN STATE: The university’s alumni magazine, showing up in nearly 130,000 mailboxes this month, has dedicated its latest issue to the Jerry Sandusky scandal, from a funeral all-black cover lamenting “our darkest days” to several photo montages to 38 pages examining the most traumatic event in school history.
LOUISIANA STATE: Wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales has accepted the offensive coordinator’s job at Illinois.