Lane Kiffin gets a second chance with ex-Norcross WR Brice Butler

Vegas odds were against Lane Kiffin that two former Georgia HS star receivers would BOTH return to USC's football team for the upcoming season (AP photo)

Vegas odds were against Lane Kiffin that two former Georgia HS star receivers would BOTH return to USC's football team for the upcoming season (AP photo)

Brice Butler is giving USC under Lane Kiffin a second chance, months after his NFL-playing father said he didn’t get a “fair chance.”

Butler has decided not to transfer from the Trojans and will remain a member of the team, the school announced on Monday.

The former Norcross High School football star stated he planned to leave USC after the end of last season. Butler didn’t have much to say about it at the time, but his father did. Bobby Butler, who played defensive back for 12 years with the Atlanta Falcons, told the AJC last January:

“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.

“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].”

Butler 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 the option of returning to USC for his final two seasons, transferring down to a FCS school (formerly Div. I-AA, such as Georgia Southern) to play for two years, or transferring to another FBS school (I-A) and having to sit out next season before being permitted to play as a senior.

Butler did remain at USC for the spring semester, which likely played a factor in his decision to stay with the Trojans.

Butler will return to a group of USC wide receivers that also includes former Henry County High School star MarKeith Ambles, who also briefly flirted with the idea of transferring from USC (more than once).

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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23 comments Add your comment

Pull My Finger

May 9th, 2011
8:35 pm

First……and Kiffin sucks!

Ronny

May 9th, 2011
9:05 pm

Sounds like the best thing the kid can do is stay a long way from daddy

woofn

May 9th, 2011
9:47 pm

seems the hollywood atmosphere wasn’t as glitzy as he thought…he didnt have to go across the country to play football, but it all tells you alot.

woofn

May 9th, 2011
9:49 pm

also, are you kidding me…he’s giving lane kiffen a 2nd shot. that just seems bush to me the way that comes off. in any case, hope he has a good football career. He was a good play during high school.

Worm

May 9th, 2011
10:16 pm

Not much choice there.

ET

May 9th, 2011
10:24 pm

Hummm… Stay & play for Kiffen or listen to your over-bearing dad? Sometimes we just don’t have any good choices to choose from in life.

ckgator

May 9th, 2011
11:21 pm

The kid should get as far away from Kiffin as possible before he ruins his football career. Kiffin is a walking disaster with no one’s best interest in mind but his own. He moves through the world like a fart mixed with acid, bringing nothing but pestilence and decay.

At night the ice weasels come.

true blue dawg

May 9th, 2011
11:35 pm

Crowell,isiah,If you are going to pretend to be him,you need to at least spell his name correctly. It is Isaiah not isiah! And you should at least use the correct usage for the word too! “when I got hit to much.” Didn’t you understand grammar in elementary school like the rest of us?

Ted Striker

May 10th, 2011
12:49 am

Good article, MC.

This is probably less about Butler wanting to stay at USC than having only one season of eligibility at an FCS school if he transfers.

Red Dog 77

May 10th, 2011
12:52 am

Godd luck out there in Southern Cal. Golly gee whizz fellas you know that coach Kiffen “cat” is gonna coach you-up, and make a surnuff NFL reciever out of both of you.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 10th, 2011
4:39 am

Maybe he stayed for the academics, and is doing well in that area of college. Hey, it can happen. But then again, maybe comparing his father and Lame Kifflin, he chose the lesser of two evils.

little dawg

May 10th, 2011
8:17 am

maybe he is not that good.dah

Gatorhater

May 10th, 2011
8:29 am

He’ll regret it. Kiffin is all about Kiffin. Kid won’t ever have a chance to play in a bowl once the penalties begin.

rduck

May 10th, 2011
9:27 am

sounds like the dad is living his life vicariously through the son when he says things like “We won’t be here next year”.

Gordy LaChance

May 10th, 2011
10:05 am

Why anyone would hitch their wagon to that jackass is beyond me.

The General Feeling

May 10th, 2011
10:08 am

Too bad. Kiffin is a liar. The kid should have transferred to a FCS school like Jax State, Wofford, or Chattanooga where he would have been given a better opportunity.

Say It Aint So

May 10th, 2011
10:41 am

rduck, ole dad had a pretty good NFL career. I doubt he’s trying to relive it through his son, but just looking out for his best interest.

McDawg

May 10th, 2011
2:49 pm

now maybe if his wife was taking off her shirt….

Einsteindawg

May 10th, 2011
5:21 pm

Who cares! Neither the coach nor player is any good.

thekatman

May 11th, 2011
2:39 am

Much to the dismay of the naysayers here, the kid stayed at SC for two reasons.
1. USC, and that’s the University of Southern California will give him the best education he could ever get, if he sets his mind to it. The oppty is there to excel in sports and academics.
2. USC is, without question, the best college football, pro style football legacy in the country. Though in a down set of years, SC is on its way back to national prominence, regardless of those silly NCAA fools, who are the lap dogs of the Big 10/12 and the SEC.

Brice took his youthful ego out of the way and has started growing up into a man, as he made an adult decision. He decided to stay put. He made the right choice.

UGA Insider

May 11th, 2011
10:36 am

Both made HUGE mistakes in their recruiting choices. If one or both were at UGA they would be in line to be starters and would be much happier. However each were promised the world and were told they would never get a chance opposite AJ Green.

Katman- you are wrong about the top pro style football program. That now belongs to UGA…See Mathew Stafford and AJ Green…. All SC has is Reggie Bush.

BYRDDAWG

May 12th, 2011
1:59 pm

Yup & no Heisman….

BC

May 15th, 2011
7:02 am

I hope Brice is taller than Bobby and has the same competitive spirit.