It looks like USC will have to play Saturday’s game against Notre Dame without their talented running back, Dillon Baxter. Sources have told ESPN Los Angeles’ Pedro Moura that Baxter is not with the team as they fly to South Bend, Indiana. Instead, it appears Baxter will be headed to his home in San Diego for the weekend.
It’s been a tumultuous week for Baxter. The sophomore missed practice Sunday with a “family issue” and arrived late to practice later in the week because of an “academic issue”. Baxter has been in and out of the proverbial doghouse since arriving at USC, dealing with NCAA issues in the aftermath of the Reggie Bush scandal and generally being a knucklehead when it comes to decision-making.
Making his way through preseason camp this time around, though, it looked like Baxter was back in the mix for serious playing time at running back. However, Baxter has totaled just 29 rushing yards on nine carries this season.