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CB Devin Butler to transfer to Syracuse

| Thursday, December 15, 2016

Devin Butler will graduate from Notre Dame this month and transfer to Syracuse, the senior cornerback announced Thursday in a tweet.

“I will have my degree from Notre Dame this month and do my fifth year of football and grad school at Syracuse,” Butler tweeted.

Irish senior Devin Butler lines up before a play during Notre Dame's Blue Gold Game on April 16 at Notre Dame Stadium. Butler has been indefinitely dismissed from the team.Chris Collins | The Observer

Former Irish cornerback Devin Butler, right, lines up before a play during Notre Dame’s Blue-Gold Game on April 16 at Notre Dame Stadium.

Following his arrest Aug. 20 at the Linebacker Lounge on campus, Butler was suspended indefinitely the next day by Irish head coach Brian Kelly and remained suspended after pleading guilty to a Class A misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement Oct. 17.

In his Irish career, Butler played in 37 games and was expected to compete for a starting position in 2016 before refracturing his foot during summer practices.

“[I’m] extremely honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to come and compete for and get educated by the University of Notre Dame,” Butler said in another tweet. “My ND coaches, former/current teammates and fans all showed me what it meant to really become a family and I will never forget that,” he said.

Under the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule, Butler will be eligible to compete for Syracuse immediately after his transfer.

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