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Dillon Baxter no longer a part of USC football team

Vontaze Burfict, Dillon Baxter AP

After coming to USC as a five-star jewel of USC’s 2010 recruiting class and the No. 1 running back in the country, Dillon Baxter‘s time with the Trojans has been, to be kind, a roller coaster ride.

From drawing on-field comparisons to Reggie Bush to a suspension to a golf cart ride with an agent  to admitting he hadn’t given a full effort since coming to the school, Baxter’s career has been marked by many more downs than ups.  And now, it appears, the talented back has hit rock bottom.

Just four days after he didn’t make the trip with the team to Notre Dame — reportedly because the birth of his child was imminent — Baxter is no longer a member of the Trojans football team.  Head coach Lane Kiffin made the announcement via a statement.

“The decision has been made for Dillon Baxter to focus on his academics,” Kiffin said. “As he does so, he will not be part of our football program.  However, we will continue to support him with our academic services department.

“There will be no further comment regarding this from me or any member of our program.”

It remains unclear whether Baxter will opt to transfer from USC or if, once his academic house is in order, he would be welcomed back to the Trojans football family.

In one-plus season at the school, Baxter has 68 carries for 281 and a lone touchdown.  This season, it’s just nine carries for 29 yards.

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8 Responses to “Dillon Baxter no longer a part of USC football team”
  1. 78lion says: Oct 25, 2011 12:12 PM

    Time to grow up kid. A degree from USC is nothing to sneeze at. Get your house in order and come back to the team once you’ve earned it. Don’t take the gutless route and transfer to some lower division school just so you can play.

  2. rubbernilly says: Oct 25, 2011 12:44 PM

    From [a bunch of negative things to another bunch of negative things], Baxter’s career has been marked by many more ups than downs.

    By “more ups”? Or by “more downs”?

  3. burntorangehorn says: Oct 25, 2011 12:46 PM

    “Baxter’s career has been marked by many more ups than downs. ”

    JT, it looks like you meant the exact opposite of this.

    Eh, another Seastrunk.

  4. soflatrojan says: Oct 25, 2011 1:21 PM

    I always thought SC was going to use him in the wildcat or put him in the slot. He doesn’t have the speed to be and RB at this level.

    I wish him the best of luck where ever he goes.

  5. pdcooper08 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:29 PM

    Really, who isn’t disappointed here. He came here with mega expectations. Perhaps it was all just to much for him. I mean he was a QB in HS so it was all speculation to how he would be as a RB. There was to much going on for him to handle at SC. Maybe he can finish out the semester and transfer to a school he can grow into and not be in the spot light. Maybe he goes home and gives SDSU a chance. That might be the level of talent he needs to get his playing time and allow him to grow into his position. Who knows, it just didn’t work out in LA.

  6. mogogo1 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:59 PM

    Just shows what a crazily unpredictable business it is to project recruits. This kid played QB in high school and somehow was the #1 rated running back recruit? And when you read the linked article, it said he needed improve his explosiveness and top end speed, which aren’t areas that are easily improved upon.

    But failing to put in the effort is pretty much inexcusable. And now the kid has a kid of his own. I hope he can get his head on and get a degree someplace, because it looks like his life is headed down a path to nowhere.

  7. pdcooper08 says: Oct 25, 2011 2:08 PM

    There’s nothing to be ashamed of if he was to remain at SC and get a degree. Bit I’m sure that’s not even on either his parents or his top ten list to do. He went to college to play football and prepare himself at for the next level. That’s why he chose SC, they have a way of doing that. Maybe this bump in the road is what is needed for him to grow up. He still has a life a head of him, it’s not like he has a criminal record or is like the Oregon kid who can’t keep from driving illegally.

  8. addict2sport says: Oct 26, 2011 10:42 AM

    Not too sure how all of this works…Does his scholarship now become available? If so, when?

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