Well, that certainly didn’t take long.
Early Saturday morning, Northern Illinois’ Devon Butler was involved in a physical altercation that ultimately ended with the linebacker being stabbed in the chest. That incident came a little over a year after Butler was critically wounded in a shooting.
Now, the junior finds himself on the outside of the football program looking in.
In a statement, NIU head coach Dave Doeren announced that Butler has been dismissed from the Huskies. No specific reason for the dismissal was given, although it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure it out.
“Devon has not lived up to the standards we set for members of the Northern Illinois football team,” Doeren said. “At this time, we feel it is in the best interest of both Devon and of our football program for him to make a fresh start at another institution.”
Butler missed the entire 2011 season as he continued his recovery from the April shooting. In 2010, Butler finished second on the team in tackles, and his performance earned him third-team All-MAC honors.