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Report: Five schools, including 'Bama, Gators, illegally contacted USC frosh

Uh-oh.

USC running back Dillon Baxter was quite the sensation on the field during spring practice, drawing comparisons to Reggie Bush in the process.  Today, he’s creating quite the stir off the field.  Kinda like Bush, actually, but in a much different regard for his football program.

According to a series of tweets from ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad, Baxter informed his school’s compliance department — they have one of those there? — that five schools illegally contacted him on June 10.  The same day USC was slapped with heavy NCAA sanctions, incidentally.

Those five schools?  Fresno State (???), Oregon, Washington and — the two biggest fish in this developing story — Alabama and Florida.

(I can hear Lane Kiffin snickering from here.  Was that an “FU Urban'”I heard off in the distance, too…)

Bryan Fischer of USC’s Rivals.com site reports that, when a player from a school under a bowl ban is looking to transfer, “[the] athlete’s institution must be notified of the recruitment and may establish reasonable restrictions.”  Fischer notes that the permission does not need to be in writing but needs to be made in some form, and that could be the issue in this situation.

As noted in an earlier post, because of the two-year bowl ban facing USC, juniors and seniors are fair game to be coached by any Div. 1-A school, with the exception of the Pac-10.  Incoming freshman are poachable, but only with the restrictions noted by Fisher.

USC has asked the Pac-10 to contact those schools accused of allegedly illegally contacting Baxter.

Shortly after the Schad’s report came out, a Florida spokesperson denied any impropriety to the Orlando Sentinel.  Neither Alabama nor any of the other schools named have issued denials as of this posting.

Given the fact that Alabama is currently on probation for their textbook scandal, expect their response — when it comes — to be very emphatic.

Obviously, we’ll have much more on this situation later on tonight and tomorrow morning.

UPDATED 10:41 p.m. ET: Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, by way of the Eugene Register-Guard, has responded to the accusations:

“No one at Oregon has talked or spoken with Dillon Baxter since his official visit in January.”

UPDATED 11:33 p.m. ET: USC director of compliance Matt Billings fired off a letter to Pac-10 Associate Commissioner for Governance and Enforcement Ron Barkersay that three times real fast.  While real drunk — requesting some conference intervention, and here’s a portion of that missive:

“I just met with [Baxter] and he told me that he received phone calls from five institutions [June 10th]. All of the institutions asked if he was interested in transferring from USC due to the NCAA decision. Would you please speak with these schools to remind them they cannot speak to this student athlete?”

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12 Responses to “Report: Five schools, including 'Bama, Gators, illegally contacted USC frosh”
  1. jupe says: Jun 11, 2010 10:34 PM

    Fresno State had (& lost early to draft) the best back in nation last year, Ryan Matthews

  2. overratedgators says: Jun 11, 2010 10:35 PM

    What’s that? Urban Meyer: rulebreaker?
    The devil you say.

  3. Deb says: Jun 12, 2010 12:03 AM

    I’m sorry … did you say USC is complaining about other schools allegedly calling a kid they’re allowed to call but screwing protocol by failing to call them first? USC? Complaining? About a compliance issue? Wow.

  4. Gatorfan1 says: Jun 12, 2010 12:25 AM

    I don’t believe this one bit! For various reasons these 5 schools are the most likely schools to siphon off USC’s Juniors & Seniors, and Kiffin & company know this.
    They accuse the schools of illegal recruitment to scare them off from going after the eligible ones.
    As of this writing Florida & Oregon have denied the accusation and supposedly Baxter has now all of a sudden “lost” his phone??
    It will be interesting how the NCAA deals with this latest Kiffin ploy.
    Honestly, has college football ever HAD two bigger scum bags than Kiffin & Orgeron???? Unreal.

  5. Jagdbaer says: Jun 12, 2010 12:25 AM

    “Knock, knock”
    “Who’s there?”
    “UF”
    “UF who?”
    “U eFFin’ wish you went to Florida now, Sucka!”

  6. overratedgators says: Jun 12, 2010 12:31 AM

    Deb: Good point.

  7. overratedgators says: Jun 12, 2010 12:33 AM

    Of course, this basically takes us back to a year ago – with Lane Kiffin (albeit indirectly) accusing Meyer of recruiting violations. It’s like Groundhog Day.

  8. Andy says: Jun 12, 2010 1:35 AM

    REGGIE BUSH
    School: USC
    Position: RB
    Position coach: Todd McNair
    Hometown: San Diego
    Ride: ‘9 humpin’ 22s, loaded with electronics
    DILLON BAXTER
    School: USC
    Position: RB
    Position coach: Todd McNair
    Hometown: San Diego
    Ride: Anywhere he wants as long as he does what coach says

  9. ildeuce says: Jun 12, 2010 3:37 AM

    Mr. Taylor,
    I have an extremely urgent breaking story… my best friend’s nephew, who once went to school with the second cousin of this girl’s boyfriend who knew a guy that was highly recruited, told me EXCLUSIVELY that um… a couple of big schools are up to no good.
    …In all honesty, if you are going to attempt to be a journalist, leave your bias at the door and quit treating the most minute of bull@!$# like it has any credibility. A random scrub running his mouth does not constitute a front page story. Luckily, nobody has ever considered you a decent journalist.

  10. funi says: Jun 12, 2010 4:02 PM

    What? SEC schools do something illegal? No way! Most corrupt conferance there is!

  11. Gatorfan1 says: Jun 12, 2010 5:22 PM

    funi:
    Yeah…well maybe you right…but we’re still laughing our asses off @ USC…
    So much for the wall that Kiffin is going to build around the state….
    Give it another year or so and Meyer & Saban will be drawing up maps dividing the state into Alabama & Florida recruiting grounds….lol…

  12. San Diego State boots Dillon Baxter out on his Aztec | CollegeFootballTalk says: Feb 29, 2012 7:40 PM

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