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Dillon Baxter reportedly transferring down to the NAIA level

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It didn’t work out at USC, and it really didn’t work out at San Diego State, but running back Dillon Baxter is going to give another try at the NAIA level.

According to Jason Jewel of Scout.com, Baxter is transferring to Baker University in Kansas. The move comes just over two months after Baxter was given the unceremonious boot from SDSU for unspecified reasons. He had only been with the Aztecs for a little over a month at the time, but was already in Rocky Long’s doghouse when he was dismissal.

Baxter was a five-star member of USC’s 2010 recruiting class, but was problematic off the field, which resulted in his, shall we say, gentle push away from the Trojans in October of last year in order to focus on academics.

Baxter finished his USC career with 68 carries for 281 and a touchdown.

Here’s hoping he can get it together. Finally.

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21 Responses to “Dillon Baxter reportedly transferring down to the NAIA level”
  1. papabush88 says: May 1, 2012 10:11 PM

    Sounds like a school the SEC plays in their non-conference schedule. Good luck to Baxter. Nobody’s fault but his own.

  2. thefiesty1 says: May 1, 2012 10:35 PM

    Baxter in Kansas? Culture shock may get him going in the right direction.

  3. coolhorn says: May 1, 2012 10:48 PM

    If that doesn’t work out for him, the Jayhawk Conference is one of the two or three best junior college conferences in the country.

  4. cosanostra71 says: May 2, 2012 12:13 AM

    good luck to Baxter. So much talent, but he just needs to get his life together.

  5. seanb20124 says: May 2, 2012 5:31 AM

    If I remember correctly he was supposed to be the next Reggie Bush.

  6. cubsin2049 says: May 2, 2012 6:52 AM

    And he’ll still be working at the Burger King there in 2049

  7. xtremesportsmaniac says: May 2, 2012 7:22 AM

    Sean,
    He was a very elusive runner but never had nearly the speed of Reggie Bush. There were however high expectations for him at USC.

  8. papabush88 says: May 2, 2012 10:37 AM

    While Baxter needs to take responsibility for his actions and lack of effort and attitude, the worst thing that can happen to a player is getting a label like “the next Reggie Bush.” That’s tough. Plus, he actually wasn’t as fast as Reggie, he had very good elusive moves. They say the worst thing that happened to Harold Miner was giving him the nickname “Baby Jordan.” He was one of the best dunkers I’ve ever seen. Big impact player. Never had much success in NBA. Joe McKnight was also called the next Reggie. And wasn’t that Glen Robinson (not sure about last name) called Baby Shaq? The guy from LSU a few years ago?

    Still, the difference is that Baxter made some poor choices off the field.

  9. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: May 2, 2012 11:40 AM

    That’s Glenn Davis “baby face”

  10. papabush88 says: May 2, 2012 12:27 PM

    @thecrazyasianinseccountry

    Sampsonite! I was way off!

    Was too lazy to look it up. Just did now. His nickname was Big Baby. I thought someone was baby Shaq though….

  11. trojan33sc says: May 2, 2012 1:00 PM

    Hate to see him fall so far coming from a Trojan Alum. Wish him all the best but just say no to all the garbage distractions and focus on the game.

  12. dorfman16 says: May 2, 2012 1:23 PM

    I played football at Baker University and it is a great program for this kid. The head coach, Mike Grossner, will make sure Dillon gets back on track.

    I’m sure it helps that Mike McCarthy is very involved with the program. I was an all american at Baker and had some NFL tryouts. I’m sure it can work for him.

    GO BU!

  13. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: May 2, 2012 2:18 PM

    thecrazyasianinseccountry = 1

    papabush88 = 1
    Hahha !! Likewise

  14. bozosforall says: May 2, 2012 6:44 PM

    papabush88 says:
    May 1, 2012 10:11 PM
    Sounds like a school the SEC plays in their non-conference schedule. Good luck to Baxter. Nobody’s fault but his own.

    __
    Sounds like a player who spend way too much time trying to collect spending cash from one of the many USC alums who were handing it out like candy. Good luck to Baxter getting money in Kansas though. Nobody’s fault but his own.

  15. papabush88 says: May 2, 2012 6:56 PM

    @bozosforall

    Who at USC paid Baxter? Is this documented, or did you make it up? They self reported one incident in which he was involved…the extremely illegal golf cart ride. That could’ve gotten USC on probation FUH-REV-ER (‘Sandlot’ kids).

  16. bozosforall says: May 2, 2012 7:37 PM

    papabush88 says:
    May 2, 2012 6:56 PM
    @bozosforall

    Who at USC paid Baxter? Is this documented, or did you make it up? They self reported one incident in which he was involved…the extremely illegal golf cart ride. That could’ve gotten USC on probation FUH-REV-ER (‘Sandlot’ kids).

    __
    Never said that he GOT paid…just that he was spending way too much time looking for that payday. He heard stories about other players getting paid in the past and he wanted his.

    Compared to your lame shot at the SEC about any of their teams playing NAIA schools, my response holds a whole lot more water. Speaking of “making up stuff”. You sure are ssssensssitive, mamabush…especially given that you see no problem taking shots at others. Take your medicine like a good little boy.

  17. papabush88 says: May 2, 2012 7:54 PM

    @bozosforall

    Sounds like you’re the one that is sensitive. Immediately defending the SEC when I said “sounds like” a team that they play OOC; not that they ARE a team the SEC plays.

    Do you know Baxter personally? How do you know he was spending time looking for money. You’d think he’d be getting paid by these boosters you speak of since he was a 5-star. Guess it’s just your conspiracy theory. Again, you’re making things up, while I am presenting facts. SEC teams play FCS schools. UCLA and USC have NEVER scheduled an FCS school. Look at the SEC schedules. In fact, scheduling stronger OOC would only help the SEC. Give them stronger reason to be title contenders every year.

  18. bozosforall says: May 2, 2012 8:16 PM

    papabush88 says:
    May 2, 2012 7:54 PM
    @bozosforall

    Sounds like you’re the one that is sensitive. Immediately defending the SEC when I said “sounds like” a team that they play OOC; not that they ARE a team the SEC plays.

    Do you know Baxter personally? How do you know he was spending time looking for money. You’d think he’d be getting paid by these boosters you speak of since he was a 5-star. Guess it’s just your conspiracy theory. Again, you’re making things up, while I am presenting facts. SEC teams play FCS schools. UCLA and USC have NEVER scheduled an FCS school. Look at the SEC schedules. In fact, scheduling stronger OOC would only help the SEC. Give them stronger reason to be title contenders every year.

    __
    NAIA schools aren’t remotely the same as FCS schools. And given that there are only 13 FCS schools between CA, WA, OR, NV, UT, AZ and CO, it’s not like your team would have much to pick from. Instead, your team schedules the low-tier “FBS” schools from the weakest conferences to fill your open dates (many of those teams actually being worse than the most powerful FCS schools, who are typically from the South and who play SEC teams in part because there are in-state rivalries that have been around since forever).

    You can cling to that little bit of snobbery that your team doesn’t play FCS schools, but the bottom line is that the SEC has won the last six BCS titles. Therefore, when the stakes are highest, the SEC teams are the ones that bring home the crystal.

  19. papabush88 says: May 2, 2012 8:28 PM

    @bozosforall

    Spin it whichever way you want. USC has NEVER played an FCS school. However, in the last 10 years, our OOC schedule has included Virginia Tech, Kansas State (when they were good in 2002), Ohio State (ranked in top 5), Nebraska, Auburn (ranked No. 1 by SI and other publications; No. 9 by most), Arkansas (winners of SEC West in 2006), and of course Notre Dame. I’ll give you ND as they have not been good in quite some time. However, rivalry games are ALWAYS big. ND was pretty good for a couple years of the Weiss era. Easy to bring home the crystal when the BcS pits two SEC teams against each other.

    Also, there may be 13 FCS schools in nearby area, but scheduling close to home is an SEC concept…not one at USC. Like I said before, we play teams far away like Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Hawaii (further than you might think), Kansas St, and ND. USC’s not scheduling of FCS games is because they want to play REAL teams. We have a home and home series with Texas coming up in a few years.

  20. bozosforall says: May 2, 2012 8:52 PM

    papabush88 says:
    May 2, 2012 8:28 PM
    @bozosforall

    Spin it whichever way you want. USC has NEVER played an FCS school. However, in the last 10 years, our OOC schedule has included Virginia Tech, Kansas State (when they were good in 2002), Ohio State (ranked in top 5), Nebraska, Auburn (ranked No. 1 by SI and other publications; No. 9 by most), Arkansas (winners of SEC West in 2006), and of course Notre Dame. I’ll give you ND as they have not been good in quite some time. However, rivalry games are ALWAYS big. ND was pretty good for a couple years of the Weiss era. Easy to bring home the crystal when the BcS pits two SEC teams against each other.

    Also, there may be 13 FCS schools in nearby area, but scheduling close to home is an SEC concept…not one at USC. Like I said before, we play teams far away like Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Hawaii (further than you might think), Kansas St, and ND. USC’s not scheduling of FCS games is because they want to play REAL teams. We have a home and home series with Texas coming up in a few years.

    __
    And spin it however you want. SEC schools have no reason to be ashamed of playing local FCS schools to fill their schedules, since when it matters most, they bring home the ultimate prize (six in a row and counting). Also, not the SEC’s fault that for once in BCS history, the rest of FBS couldn’t field a team better than the two top teams in the SEC (fact that only further proves how much better the SEC is overall).

    As far as playing “REAL” teams, my guess is that if USC played an FCS team such as Georgia Southern or one of the other powerhouse FCS teams, they just might find themselves in a dogfight (and quite possibly on the losing end of it). VA Tech (for instance) lost to JMU (an FCS school) just recently…and we all know about the Michigan-Appalachian State game, among others. ND, UCLA and USC can hold their noses in the air all they want about not playing FCS schools, but in the overall scheme of things, the rest of the NCAA really has no issues with sharing the wealth with their FCS brethren. Besides, there are enough bottom-feeders in the Pac-12 most years to more than make up for your team not scheduling an FCS team. What really matters is who is holding the crystal trophy at the end of the year…and for the last six it was an SEC team.

  21. pdcooper08 says: May 2, 2012 9:01 PM

    After reading the article, I am left believing there is more to this decision to go to play in the NAIA at Baker. No knock on them, but I can’t believe they have everything Dillon wants and needs. I bet this kid knows someone there and will use them, gain his confidence, then transfer out in January to another D-1 school.

    Not sure why he wouldn’t just attend one of the JC’s out of state that offer scholarships then move else where. I’m just not convinced this is the last we see this kid move. Good luck to you I guess, what ever it is your looking for.

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