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Dillon Baxter picks up where he left off: in trouble at SDSU

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The more things change, right?

Former USC running back Dillon Baxter was hoping for a fresh start when he enrolled at San Diego State just months after being deemed “no longer part of the team” with the Trojans last October.

Instead, it looks like Baxter’s transition to a new school hasn’t resulted in new habits. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Baxter will miss spring practice with the Aztecs because of a “variety of things” that haven’t met the expectations of coach Rocky Long.

“He’s working on personal issues and academics, and if all that turns out all right at the end of the semester, he’ll back with us at training camp (in August),” Long said.

Not that Baxter was going to have a huge, or even moderate, role in spring practices anyway. NCAA transfer rules are forcing Baxter to sit out the 2012 season and Long added that the running back’s main focus this spring was to be on watching others, not taking reps.

“The plan was for him to be out here in the spring, yes,” Long said. “He wasn’t going to get any reps, though. He would have been standing watching everybody else play. He wasn’t going to get handed the ball one time in spring practice. That was our agreement with him from the very start. So this extra time he’s spending on academics is very good for him.”

Indeed. We scoff a lot at the term “student-athlete” nowadays, and that’s fine, but there comes a point where you hope, for Baxter’s sake, he can get it together off the field as it’s becoming more and more apparent whatever talent he has isn’t carrying him.

You don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to go to college — trust me on that one — but it does take a certain level of maturity and readiness. By the sound of it, Baxter is still having a hard time with that.

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11 Responses to “Dillon Baxter picks up where he left off: in trouble at SDSU”
  1. addict2sport says: Feb 22, 2012 8:34 AM

    wasted talent

  2. woebegong says: Feb 22, 2012 9:35 AM

    Couldn’t he have red shirted upon enrolling there? I would think that would have benefited both the school and him. I wonder if the kid knows what an opportunity he is slowly letting go by the way side.

  3. stropcity says: Feb 22, 2012 9:41 AM

    What’s a rocket surgeon?

  4. Ben Kercheval says: Feb 22, 2012 9:47 AM

    woebegong,

    Baxter has to take a year off anyway because of NCAA transfer rules.

  5. woebegong says: Feb 22, 2012 9:48 AM

    Let’s see. A rocket surgeon heals sick rockets is my guess.

  6. woebegong says: Feb 22, 2012 9:50 AM

    Baxter,

    I understand it, but if he was a red shirt, could he have at least practiced with the team , or was it not going to be permitted, no matter how the kid shaped up. I just wonder how a year, with no practice will affect his athletic ability.

  7. cosanostra71 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:55 AM

    I suppose someone will find a way to blame this on Lane Kiffin, after all the stuff they talked on him when Baxter left the program.

  8. Ben Kercheval says: Feb 22, 2012 10:18 AM

    WBG,

    Based on what Long said, I don’t think it matters. Baxter was going to be watching, not participating in spring drills anyway. As for fall camp and during the season? Too early to tell, but it sounds like Baxter needs to get his grades/personal stuff in line before he’ll get a sniff of that.

  9. woebegong says: Feb 22, 2012 10:24 AM

    I guess then, I would question the wisdom of even giving him a scholarship in the fist place. I am sure he has potential, but I don’t see where time away from practicing can help him be a better football player, and the article does say, that the coach had already decided and agreed with the player that he wouldn’t see even the practice field until August. I guess they had the scholarships to give then. I would think it might have been better given to a youngster, who could grow with the team,. and improve on the field and have some academic success.
    Guess that is why I watch the game, and don’t coach it, LOL.

  10. drjem says: Feb 22, 2012 12:09 PM

    TO: wobegong

    Same here!!! I “wish” I knew how to coach (since I shout at the t.v. & call coaches all sorts of names when a play doesn’t go the way I wanted it to go) BUT……truth be told, I’m just like you……blogging here & the coach is making the big bucks.

  11. pdcooper08 says: Feb 22, 2012 12:10 PM

    Other then being from the SD area, I’m not sure why he chose to attend SDSU. Aren’t they the school that starts there weekends partying Wednesday night? This is not a good environment for a kid with little maturity. I hope he makes it.

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