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Bush v2.0 suspended by Kiffin for USC opener

Prized USC freshman Dillon Baxter broke off a copious amount of YouTube-worthy highlights during spring practice, enough so that it prompted head coach Lane Kiffin to compare the running back to Reggie Bush.  On multiple occasions.

As it turns out, Trojan Nation will have to wait an additional week to see those Bush-like qualities from Baxter.

Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports this evening that Baxter has been suspended for the season opener against Hawaii for violating unspecified team rules.

“This is a very, very severe punishment, but it was imperative to make a strong message, especially to our first group of freshmen our first year here, and potentially the most talented player on the team, that we have high standards for our players on and off the field,” Kiffin said.

Baxter was held out of a pair of practices Tuesday and forced to go through what the Times described as a series of punitive conditioning drills.  Kiffin said Baxter was being punished for being “late for something.”

The Times, though, has unearthed another potential reason behind the suspension.

Late Tuesday night, The Times asked Kiffin if Baxter’s punishment was related to a USC Department of Public Safety incident report filed at 2:47 a.m. Tuesday. It indicates that officers were at Fluor Tower, where USC players are housed for the first few weeks of training camp, when an incident occurred.

“A student was cited to Judicial Affairs for violating a team curfew and being under the influence of a controlled substance,” the report said. Neither Baxter nor any other player is named in the report. 

While Kiffin and other school officials declined to comment on the record regarding the incident, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Times that Baxter was the individual in question and the substance was marijuana.

And, somewhere, new athletic director Pat Haden‘s head is about to explode — if it hasn’t already — as yet another incident/controversy has hit the USC football program.  There’s little doubt, though, that these next four months on the football field field — and anything that happens off it — are going to be very, very interesting and intriguing as it relates to the length of tenure Kiffin may or may not enjoy at his “dream job”.

And just how much patience Haden really has for constant PR hits.

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19 Responses to “Bush v2.0 suspended by Kiffin for USC opener”
  1. Bradenton Buc says: Aug 11, 2010 9:06 PM

    For a coach, who has never done anything but get fired or quit, there sure is a lot of attention on him.

  2. uscfan#1 says: Aug 11, 2010 9:50 PM

    I still can’t believe that Baxster and USC are getting a get out of jail free card from the NCAA for making accusations against 5 football programs knowing they were false. Those programs were publically humiliated and then nothing. Oh I forgot–a letter stating that USC was not going to go farther about the incident as though the teams should be relieved that USC was going to forgive them for something they didn’t do.

  3. gator_prof says: Aug 11, 2010 10:24 PM

    You just can’t make this stuff up.

  4. Balla says: Aug 12, 2010 12:42 AM

    Kiffin is a snake. It is only a matter of time until USC gets bitten. He is going to leave USC in a smoldering pile of shit.

  5. Florida727 says: Aug 12, 2010 9:22 AM

    Individual accountability can never be excused away, but I wonder if part of the problem controlling these “team members” is the number of players on the teams? NFL teams have a 53-man limit. I counted one college roster with 112 players on it. 112 players being overseen by 12 coaches, and that’s 12 coaches if you include the head coach, all assistants, the strength coach AND the “Director of Player and Community Relations”. How can they possibly keep reasonable tabs on 112 kids? And considering only 11 play at a time, why do you even need that many? But like I said, there is no substitute for personal accountability…

  6. blitz4848 says: Aug 12, 2010 9:25 AM

    ……and Kiffin says Baxter was being punished because “he was late for something”. I guess he meant he was late for curfew (2:47 am).
    Asked if he was aware of an incident in the dorm involving Baxter, Kiffin responded, “Depending on what you call an incident.” He later met in his office with Baxter.
    Kiffin said he decided to suspend Baxter after “examining his seven months here.”
    “I looked at it as a total package and felt that this was an extremely strong message to him, to our team, and the freshman class of our expectations,” the coach added.
    In a side note a USC custodian reportedly found a Kiffin dummy hanging from the ceiling fan in Haden’s office. Haden was heard mumbling about sending a message and a very very severe punishment………

  7. SoFlaTrojan says: Aug 12, 2010 10:07 AM

    Blitz,
    I dont understand why you can’t grasp the fact that Kiffin is Haden’s guy. Haden was involved in the hiring of Kiffin.
    Also, this is Kiffin who is handing down these punishments. You can complain that they are to soft or to severe but this is 100% LK.

  8. blitz4848 says: Aug 12, 2010 11:09 AM

    @ SoFlaTrojan
    I dont understand why you can’t grasp the fact that Kiffin is Haden’s guy. Haden was involved in the hiring of Kiffin.
    ###################################
    U keep saying that but NOWHERE has Haden said I wanted Lane Kiffin at USC–I was instrumental in hiring him & now that I have been handed the AD job I am so happy I did.
    He had a vote and you nor I know how he voted.
    What’s important he has the hammer NOW & sooner than later he will bring it down on Kiffin.
    Kiffin brings more negative publicity to USC than every other school combined-(Although RichRod may try to hog some of that unwanted limelight soon). Kiffin’s fault or not the neg publicity never stops following him & neither Max Nikias (school Pres) nor Haden will accept this for more than a season or 2.

  9. edgy says: Aug 12, 2010 12:22 PM

    blitz4848 says:
    U keep saying that but NOWHERE
    ************************
    It’s funny but you crapped all over another guy for saying something about Florida when you apparently know everything that there is to know about Florida but then you speculate yourself about USC because you apparently know more about USC than anyone else here or anywhere else.
    You’ve said so much bull about Kiffin and Haden and Haden’s had a couple of chances to crap on Lane like you’ve said that he would BUT HE HASN’T. When you do get the fact that you don’t know a thing about Lane and Pat’s relationship or the Trojans’ program – PERIOD.
    Yes, Kiffin wasn’t USC’s first choice but neither was Pete Carroll. Hell, since 1951, the team has hired only 4 coaches with any previous college football head coaching experience: John Robinson (re-hire), Paul Hackett, Larry Smith and now Kiffin. Other than that, they hired John McKay, John Robinson, Ted Tollner and Pete Carroll and they were turned down by several other coaches before they got their hires. Given the fact that he could have walked on water into the news conference and slashed Kiffin’s throat but chose not to, I’m going to say that the rumors that Haden voted for Kiffin are true.

  10. SoFlaTrojan says: Aug 12, 2010 1:59 PM

    Blitz,
    There are people who are very close to the USC program who have stated over and over that Haden was very much involved in the hiring of Kiffin. Sorry these guys are not writers for the LA Times or Yahoo so you probably wont find this information in a Google search. But these people have been very accurate in the information they pass along about USC. In fact they broke the news about Haden being hired before any of the news outlets.
    You act like your some type of USC insider on this site when your nothing more than a fan.
    John Taylor has a hard on for Kiffin but at least tOSU is fairly clean outside a couple shootings. Look at the Gators under your scumbag coach. 30 arrests and who knows what hasnt been reported. Meyer tells his family he is retiring, his daughter hugs him and says how happy she is to have her daddy back. Then without even talking to his family he decides he is not done coaching and tells the team he is staying. He claims to be such a family man but basically tells his daughter F U. If not for Tebow UF would be the new Thug U.

  11. blitz4848 says: Aug 12, 2010 2:27 PM

    @ SoFlaTrojan
    Do you realize what a hypocritical fool you like when you DEFEND Kiffy and ridicul other coaches. Is the pressure getting to you? Hope Kiffins head pops before yours does……..

  12. Fkerry12 says: Aug 12, 2010 4:11 PM

    Florida727
    “Individual accountability can never be excused away, but I wonder if part of the problem controlling these “team members” is the number of players on the teams? NFL teams have a 53-man limit. I counted one college roster with 112 players on it. 112 players being overseen by 12 coaches, and that’s 12 coaches if …..”
    I addition to the 100 some odd players, the coaches also have to know what their parents are doing/taking. Bush’s problems started when his step-dad started taking money from a would-be agent.

  13. edgy says: Aug 12, 2010 10:40 PM

    blitz4848 says:
    U keep saying that but NOWHERE
    ************************
    It’s funny but you crapped all over another guy for saying something about Florida when you apparently know everything that there is to know about Florida but then you speculate yourself about USC because you apparently know more about USC than anyone else here or anywhere else.
    You’ve said so much bull about Kiffin and Haden and Haden’s had a couple of chances to crap on Lane like you’ve said that he would BUT HE HASN’T. When you do get the fact that you don’t know a thing about Lane and Pat’s relationship or the Trojans’ program – PERIOD.
    Yes, Kiffin wasn’t USC’s first choice but neither was Pete Carroll. Hell, since 1951, the team has hired only 4 coaches with any previous college football head coaching experience: John Robinson (re-hire), Paul Hackett, Larry Smith and now Kiffin. Other than that, they hired John McKay, John Robinson, Ted Tollner and Pete Carroll and they were turned down by several other coaches before they got their hires. Given the fact that he could have walked on water into the news conference and slashed Kiffin’s throat but chose not to, I’m going to say that the rumors that Haden voted for Kiffin are true.

  14. SoFlaTrojan says: Aug 13, 2010 9:10 AM

    Blitz,
    I am not defending Kiffin I am simply stating that when it comes to USC you dont know what the hell you are talking about.
    There is no pressure getting to me I am a fan of college and pro football and being a fan is hardly considered high pressure.
    Good luck with scUM this year I hope he makes it through the season. When is that game against Bama? His face on the sideline when he realized he couldnt hold Saban’s jock was priceless!

  15. blitz4848 says: Aug 13, 2010 12:05 PM

    @ So FlaTrojan
    I guess that means the 2009 game Saban couldn’t hold Urban”s jock?
    We will go to Bama 10/2 & beat them in their crib & then beat them again in Atlanta if they make the SEC championship.
    Kind of funny I stated weeks ago LaMe would be on a short leash & now Haden is babysitting & commenting on how he is doing. Haden’s last remark stating Kiffin “knows” what I have told him…..why is it that an AD has to be in the forefront at U$C? The answer is OBVIOUS……

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