Ex-Atlanta Falcons star says son didn’t get ‘fair chance’ under Lane Kiffin at USC, supports transfer


Lane Kiffin has granted a scholarship release to WR Brice Butler, according to the player's father, who said, "College football is such a big business ... just like Pete Carroll left last year, we're leaving this year." (AP photo)

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Former Atlanta Falcons great Bobby Butler didn’t think his son got a fair chance to play under Lane Kiffin. He strongly supports his son’s decision to transfer from USC.

Brice Butler, who starred at Norcross High, has a promising freshman season at USC but saw his role reduced after the arrival of Kiffin. Butler played in 12 games as a backup wide receiver last season, catching 9 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown.

“He had a new coach with new ideas, and it’s time for Brice to go — it’s the right move,” said Bobby Butler, an NFL DB for 12 seasons (all with the Falcons).

“College football is such a big business and I told Brice a long time ago that you have to treat it as a big business. Don’t get so loyal that you trust everything they say, because again, this is a business.

“Just like Pete Carroll left last year, we’re leaving this year.”

Butler was redshirted his first year in college but began to emerge the following season, earning Pac-10 All-Freshman first team honors. He was projected to start last season but things changed with the arrival of Kiffin and his recruits, including freshman wide receiver Robert Woods.

“Lane Kiffin did not give Brice a fair chance … no, he did not give him a fair chance at all,” said Butler.

“You take a kid who is a starter, then the next thing you know you put a kid who has only been [in college practice] for 10 days and start him in front of [Butler]. They didn’t even play the same [wide receiver positions].

“But it’s all good. It wasn’t meant to be at USC under Lane Kiffin, so he needs to go to a place that is right for him. We’re just going to keep moving forward, and everything is going to work out for Brice.”

Brice Butler (USC)

Brice Butler (USC)

The younger Butler, who will finish out the spring semester at USC, bid farewell to the Trojan fans on his Twitter account, writing, “Always will be a part of trojan nation! No regrets, I just gotta go play fball, which isn’t happening here… I love all yall! Always will.” In another Tweet: ” Was not an easy decision but evaluatin my future and what I want to do, it woulda been difficult here at this point so I made my dec”

It will be an interesting decision to see what happens next because Butler is a rising junior and would have to sit out next season and have only one year of eligibility if he transfers to another FBS school (formerly Div. I-A). However, Butler would be immediately able to play for two seasons if he enrolls in an FCS school.

His father said both options are being considered, but declined to reveal any specific schools.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting

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January 28th, 2011
12:06 am


January 28th, 2011
12:08 am

VSU, here he comes

The ole ball coach

January 28th, 2011
12:13 am

UTC would be a great match – look it up….


January 28th, 2011
12:20 am

He won’t get a full ride at D-II; maybe not at FCS either but more still. Appy State.

still@the bar

January 28th, 2011
12:26 am

I guess Butler isn’t in it for the Eduaction? HAHAHAH Education what was I thinking. He is the Famous Bobby Butler’s son. He don’t need no Edumacation he is a Baller.

kiffin sucks at life

January 28th, 2011
12:29 am

Lane Kiffin is a JOKE!!!! Brice is the real deal and its unfortunate that politics play such a big deal in every aspect of life!

Otis My Man

January 28th, 2011
12:32 am

Bobby- I went to Atlantic HS with you and I ended up at UGA and you at FSU–Brice is still welcomed to the “Bulldog Nation” and I hope you both will consider coming “home”!! GO DAWGS!

still@the bar

January 28th, 2011
12:34 am

What was Brice studying? Was he making great grades? At WHAT is Brice the Real Deal? He is in a bad spot I will admit. How many teams want a kid that can only play 1 year at a FBS team. Kid would have to be so GREAT to get a starting job for just one year. Sorry for the kid but he better get his degree. He chose a school where the Coaches are more important than the football team. Well, at least in the coaches mind.

YellerSkeeters Are Peter Eaters!

January 28th, 2011
12:39 am

Whah, the tears are rolling!! Cry me a river! Kiffin is a buffoon, and USC deserves him.

Hunker down

January 28th, 2011
12:47 am

Don’t blame Lane…Monty told him what to do

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January 28th, 2011
1:05 am


January 28th, 2011
1:07 am


You shoulda sent his a$$ to UGA! We wanted him. That’s why you don’t send your kids across the country for school. Probably couldn’t have made it in the SEC anyway. I guess we’ll never know.

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Asheville Dawg

January 28th, 2011
1:20 am

Kiffin screws up another kid. No surprise!


January 28th, 2011
1:21 am

Lane didn’t stop Butler from succeeding, Freshman Robert Woods did. He out performed Butler in every way. Just look at Woods’ stats. He wasn’t just placed in the line up, he ripped up the competition.

Look at how well he did vs Stanford who destroyed Va Tech. Over 200 yards receiving in that game. Butler played too soft and too small. Butler sr. Is making excuses and giving up when things get difficult.

No one is going to hand everything to Butler. He had a chance to compete now that Ronald Johnson is graduating. He is giving up before spring ball even starts? Good luck Brice but Woods deserved starting and was SC’s best WR.


January 28th, 2011
1:36 am

Poor little pissant, Daddy will make it all good …………. you made the commitment, be a man. BTW , I hate Kiffin; just hate cry babies more.


January 28th, 2011
2:02 am

That freshman – Robert Woods – who got put ahead of Brice was a freshman All American in 2010. Brice’s dad really can’t accurately claim Woods somehow didn’t earn it.


January 28th, 2011
2:27 am

The day one of you back away from the sec pot that’s rolling around in your head will be the first. Butler was soft this past season in practice at SC and was beat out by a better receiver. There are a few more that red shirted last year and more coming in. Bryce needed to make the catches over the middle but had a problem with that. Good luck to him but Kiff made the right decision.


January 28th, 2011
2:38 am

I know he was coming off a great year but when ,the biggest SOB in modern college football ,Kiffin, was hired, Butler should have withdrawn from school and sat out a year. I know the idiots from California didn’t think what Kiffin did to Tennessee amounted to much but even though I don’t like Tennessee, I felt bad for the them. One of the lowest thinks I have ever seen. So for Butler to trust Kiffin to honor Pete Carols recruiting promises , knowing what kind of man he was ,if you can call Kiffin that, was very naive. I hope he can find a good team to finish his career with.
It should be a warning to every high school recruit that you better concentrate on getting your degree in something that you can make a good living with , first and worry about football second because the odds that you will become a professional football player is I think about 10%.

Tom c

January 28th, 2011
2:40 am

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January 28th, 2011
2:46 am

Guys get a grip, Kiffin is the most hated and least respected college football coach in the nation! The guy negative recruits kids and is purposely deceptive in the process. He should be selling used cars for a living! (no disrespect to anyone who does). Got one heck of a blonde trophy wife tho!


January 28th, 2011
2:55 am

This is why you never recruit the children of professional athletes. It’s a huge waste of time because at the very least they’ll end up transferring and might even accuse you of locking them in a broom closet.

Tom c

January 28th, 2011
3:01 am

You people that “dog” kiffin are so busy hating on him, you wouldn’t know the truth if it fell on you. Robert Woods was third string, (when he first joined the team). He beat everyone out to become the starter and the best reciever on the team. As well as a freshman all american!! kiffin maybe a lot of things, but he is not a liar! The best players play. Ask anyone that follows usc football & not named Butler.


January 28th, 2011
3:04 am

And you just know Bobby Butler called Lane Kiffin all the time with “do you know who i am” threats. That probably severely cut his sons reps in practice since Kiffin’s a pretty spiteful SOB.


January 28th, 2011
3:37 am


January 28th, 2011
3:50 am

Lane Kiffin u suck!


January 28th, 2011
4:52 am

Lanes wife can transfer to my house and not sit out a year…..smokin!!!

richard in austin

January 28th, 2011
4:54 am

these kids should better than to go to u$c, bunch of trojan scum bags

Jom 007

January 28th, 2011
5:52 am

The more you hear about Kiffin, the Worse it gets !

This guy is simply Bad News !


January 28th, 2011
6:27 am

Stay loyal Georgia boys and girls! If offered scholarships by in state schools there is were your loyalty should be. Only if not offered, improper recruiting, or probationary reasons should you consider out of state schools.

If our Georgia kids pick Georgia colleges, Institutions and Universities we have the high school talent to compete for a title every single year. I have two kids that will both qualify for academic and/or athletic scholarships. They WILL attend a Georgia program, if selected and/or recruited!

Loyalty, honor, devotion and patriotism for……..GEORGIA!


January 28th, 2011
6:36 am

FAMU, baby!

give us a shot w/your son, Bobby! ……… you know you still luv Tallahassee!

Coach Cheesedip

January 28th, 2011
6:41 am

Come to Auburn young man! Daddy Butler…we will make you happy too!

Apples II Oranges

January 28th, 2011
6:44 am

UTC would be the perfect fit. The offense is wide open and they have BJ Coleman the former UT QB who can flat sling the ball all over the field. Come to Chattanooga Brice, we would love to have you!


January 28th, 2011
6:47 am

Georgia State, Play in the Dome, …..2 years to show everyone what we already know….We have a QB who can get the ball to you….


January 28th, 2011
6:48 am

Auburn’s probably got some extra money laying around.


January 28th, 2011
7:00 am


January 28th, 2011
7:14 am

He should go down and talk with Georgia State. They throw the ball pretty well with several good arms at QB.


January 28th, 2011
7:16 am

This is why the NCAA is considered a corporation, Coaches can switch teams at will & leave kids eligibility in shambles. Bobby Butler should have transferred his kid the day he heard Kiffin was coming to USC, this guy is pure trash look at his track record & he can’t coach at all;
7-6 at Tenn.
8-5 at USC
5-15 with the Raiders.
20-26 Overall as a head coach
Undefeated as a Liar


January 28th, 2011
7:22 am

When USC was slapped on probation by the NCAA, didn’t they allow freshman and sophmores the opportunity to transfer immediately? Wasn’t it similar to SMU when players were allowed to transfer and not lose eligibility? He should have taken that opportunity to leave. I don’t think USC will win on their appeal to the NCAA, but its just a guess on my part.
I wish the kid the best, but he should have never trusted Kiffin. His track record proved so. Plus, had he left when the oppurtunity was there, he should have known UGA would be losing AJ Green to the NFL and we lost D.Rogers to Tennessee on Signing Day so UGA was looking for a WR.
Jarvis Jones made a smart decision to leave (although the USC medical staff wouldn’t clear him to play) but it was another hint to get out of USC. Best of luck anyway Brice Butler.


January 28th, 2011
7:24 am

These things happen. Come play in the Spread in the Dome Brice.


January 28th, 2011
7:41 am

Like I said corporation, how can the NCAA hold people accountable, when that crap happened on Pete Carroll’s watch. Those Freshmen & Sophs were barely in middle school when all that stuff went down! Damn shame!

Johnny Too Good

January 28th, 2011
7:44 am

he shoulda at least waited til spring….. ya neva know what might have developed…… he was gettin play time this season, it just may have not been as much as he wanted


Johnny Too Good

January 28th, 2011
7:45 am

and also i’m still tryin to figure out how he got the job………. i mean really……. what does kiffin’s resume look like?



January 28th, 2011
7:46 am

This is why I think a kid should be able to transfer and play at once if the coach that recruited him leaves the school..


January 28th, 2011
7:48 am

To all future players that get offers from USC; be berry, berry careful. Lane will be gone soon enough. Then you can go to any school that is not coached by this Maroon!

Mike Hunt

January 28th, 2011
7:57 am

Ben Dover

January 28th, 2011
8:00 am

Georgia educated Paddy?

Walker, Texas Ranger

January 28th, 2011
8:07 am

Maybe Bobby should have had Jerry Rice call for him like he did on his contract negotiations when he played.


January 28th, 2011
8:07 am

Ex-Falcons “great” Bobby Butler? Did I read that right? When was Bobby Butler ever considered a great Falcon? He was a 1st round pick who never played up to the initial hype, and ended up having a very pedestrian, uneventful career.

I know Bobby Butler’s achievements aren’t the focus of the article, but come on. You lose credibility when you flippantly describe someone as great, when he wasn’t.