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Trojans’ leading picker out for the spring

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USC will head into spring practice next month with a new defensive coordinator, but the Trojans won’t have one of their top returning players on that side of the ball at their disposal.

Clancy Pendergast, who replaced Monte Kiffin as coordinator, confirmed Thursday that linebacker (for now) Dion Bailey will sit out the 15 practice sessions that will culminate with the annual spring game April 13.  Bailey is still recovering from a surgical procedure to repair damage in his shoulder, although the medical issue should have no impact on his availability for the start of summer camp a handful of months down the road.

Bailey has started 24 games the past two seasons, including all 13 in 2012.  The redshirt sophomore led the Trojans with four interceptions, and finished third on the team with 80 tackles.

There’s been talk that Bailey could be moved from strongside linebacker back to safety, although such a move would obviously have to wait until summer.

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4 Responses to “Trojans’ leading picker out for the spring”
  1. 1trojanlove says: Feb 15, 2013 3:47 PM

    John, I love stories about USC but it most be a slow news day for this article, than again, how many stories can you report on the Alabama football players that were arrested…

  2. John Taylor says: Feb 15, 2013 4:03 PM

    “John, I love stories about USC but it most be a slow news day…”

    You could’ve stopped right there. 😉

  3. soundsofsuccess7 says: Feb 15, 2013 4:31 PM

    I’m curious to see how people twist this into Kiffin hate comments..

  4. pdcooper08 says: Feb 15, 2013 10:40 PM

    I’m one in favor of D. Bailey moving back to the safety position. That’s what he played in HS and what he was recruited here to play.

    I’m kinda tired of seeing our undersized OLB’s getting man handled and being out of position. I believe their are enough true LB’s this year to allow him to go to SS. Missing spring won’t help him. I bet S. Cravens steps up and starts by the time they play UH. We’ll see how it unfolds.

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