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October 2, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian will be on the lookout for USC tailback Dillon Baxter during Saturday night's Pacific 10 Conference game at the Coliseum ? and that's fine with Baxter. Sarkisian, without prompting, said this week that he anticipated Trojans Coach Lane Kiffin would deploy the freshman in a larger role against the Huskies. Baxter has rushed for 148 yards in 30 carries and has five receptions for 25 yards. But the multiple-purpose threat who had a hand in 79 touchdowns as a quarterback, running back and receiver during his senior season at San Diego Mission Bay High has yet to reach the end zone.
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May 15, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC could be thin at tailback this season, but the Trojans moved to shore up the depth issue for the future by getting a verbal commitment Tuesday from Ty Issac. Issac, 6 feet 3 and 215 pounds, will be a senior at Joliet Catholic High in Joliet, Ill. He rushed for a record 515 yards and six touchdowns last season in a state championship game. "I had a great feeling about USC when I first visited the school and it just felt like me out there,” Issac told the Chicago Tribune . "I know that even when I take football out of the picture I'll be getting a great education and a degree from USC. I really wanted to go to a school that offered the best mix on and off the field, and for me that is USC. " USC is also regarded as a leading contender to land Stockton Lincoln running back Justin Davis.
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November 7, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC freshman tailback Dillon Baxter started for the first time Saturday night in the Trojans' Pacific 10 Conference game at the Coliseum. Baxter rushed for 52 yards in a team-high 17 carries and caught four passes for 26 yards. It marked the end of a comeback of sorts for Baxter, who was suspended for the season opener against Hawaii because of a violation of team rules. Baxter had played as a backup to junior Marc Tyler and senior Allen Bradford and went into the game having rushed for 183 yards and a touchdown in 37 carries.
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March 2, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, who played for the team for 15 seasons including their World Series title teams of 2004 and 2007, retired Thursday during an emotional news conference in Fort Myers, Fla. "My teammates are what I'm going to miss most," Varitek said, his eyes filling with tears. "The hardest thing to do is to walk away from your teammates and what they've meant to you over the years.” The Red Sox acquired Varitek in a 1997 trade with the Seattle Mariners, giving up the immortal Heathcliff Slocumb in return.
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August 11, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Dillon Baxter, USC's prized freshman running back, has been suspended for next month's season opener at Hawaii for violating team rules, Coach Lane Kiffin said Wednesday. Kiffin declined to say what team rules Baxter had broken. Baxter was unavailable for comment Wednesday, one day after he spent two practices on the sideline going through a series of punitive conditioning drills. A source with knowledge of the situation said Baxter was the unnamed individual cited in a USC Department of Public Safety incident report for "violating a team curfew" and "being under the influence of a controlled substance" that was filed at 2:47 a.m. Tuesday.
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October 9, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC running back Dillon Baxter finally scored his first touchdown in USC's 37-35 loss to No. 16 Stanford on Saturday night at Stanford Stadium. Baxter scored on an eight-yard run in the first quarter after taking a direct snap. His run gave USC a 7-0 lead. Baxter had a hand in 79 touchdowns last season as a senior at San Diego Mission Bay High, but he was off to a slow start at USC. Coach Lane Kiffin suspended Baxter for the opener at Hawaii for violating team rules.
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September 4, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Marc Tyler's suspension for a series of off-season incidents infused USC's tailback situation with a dose of drama. More occurred Sunday, but it did not involve Tyler. In a teleconference with reporters, Coach Lane Kiffin said he had met earlier with Dillon Baxter and his family regarding the sophomore's lack of playing time. Redshirt freshman D.J. Morgan and junior Curtis McNeal combined for 24 carries in USC's 19-17 season-opening victory over Minnesota on Saturday.
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October 25, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Ballyhooed tailback Dillon Baxter is no longer part of USC's football program and is focusing on academic issues, Coach Lane Kiffin announced Tuesday. After practice, Kiffin refused to answer questions about what specifically led to the sophomore's removal from the team and whether Baxter could return. "We're focused on the guys that are here," the coach said. Baxter did not return phone calls or text messages seeking comment. The San Diego Mission Bay High star made occasional strides toward earning a significant role at USC but ultimately wound up buried on the depth chart.
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November 19, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Freshman tailback Dillon Baxter did not travel with the Trojans to play in Saturday's game against Oregon State and is being held out indefinitely pending a compliance inquiry. Athletic Director Pat Haden said Friday night that Baxter had accepted a ride in a golf cart on campus Thursday and that one of the people on the cart was a student who is a registered sports agent. Haden said the NCAA, the NFL Players Assn. and USC's Office of Student Affairs had been notified.
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November 20, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Dave Roberts , USC's vice president for compliance, said Saturday that he expected suspended tailback Dillon Baxter to be reinstated after he repays the value of a golf cart ride on campus. Baxter did not make the trip to play against Oregon State after school officials discovered that he had accepted a ride from other USC students, one of whom Roberts said is a registered financial advisor with the NFL Players Assn. Roberts said a USC compliance director saw Baxter riding on a cart emblazoned with a logo for 1st Round Enterprises.
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March 1, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
A San Diego sportscaster was suspended for a week without pay after nearly calling Danica Patrick a bad word before her Sprint Cup Series debut in the Daytona 500. Ross Shimabuku, who is at Fox affiliate KSWB-TV, showed a video clip Feb. 20 in which Patrick objects to being called sexy. Then he came up with his own word to describe her. "It's starts with a 'b' and it's not 'beautiful,' " he said. Shimabuku apologized for his comment the next day. MORE: San Diego State dismisses USC transfer Dillon Baxter Ben Howland confident he'll return as UCLA basketball coach UCLA's Dan Guerrero will wait before committing to Ben Howland  
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March 1, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Internet is abuzz with rumors that Tim Tebow and Taylor Swift are dating after they were seen dining together at Toscanova in the Century City Mall Monday. Tebow, the Denver Broncos starting quarterback, is deeply religious and publicly prays (Tebows) after games. Maybe his prayers have been answered.... He finally has a business partner? An unnamed source told ClevverNews that "After dinner, he walked her out, and then he walked back in to join two other people.
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January 7, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
USC tailback Amir Carlisle is transferring to Notre Dame, his father told the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune. Carlisle, a freshman last season, was slowed by ankle and knee injuries but played in eight games. He rushed for 118 yards in 19 carries and had seven receptions, one for a touchdown. Under NCAA transfer rules, he will have to sit out next season and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. Duane Carlisle told the Tribune that his son's move "definitely was a family decision.
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October 25, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Ballyhooed tailback Dillon Baxter is no longer part of USC's football program and is focusing on academic issues, Coach Lane Kiffin announced Tuesday. After practice, Kiffin refused to answer questions about what specifically led to the sophomore's removal from the team and whether Baxter could return. "We're focused on the guys that are here," the coach said. Baxter did not return phone calls or text messages seeking comment. The San Diego Mission Bay High star made occasional strides toward earning a significant role at USC but ultimately wound up buried on the depth chart.
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October 18, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Matt Barkley watched from the sideline at the Coliseum last November as Notre Dame ended USC's eight-game winning streak in the series. The Trojans quarterback had suffered an ankle injury the previous week. "I was feeling kind of helpless," Barkley said Tuesday. "It's a terrible feeling. " Barkley is looking forward to Saturday's game at Notre Dame Stadium, where as a freshman he passed for 380 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-27 Trojans victory in 2009. "I just remember it being electric," he said of the environment, adding that it was not as hostile as Oregon's Autzen Stadium or Ohio State's Ohio Stadium.
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October 16, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Intrigue returned to USC's tailback situation Sunday with one prominent player sidelined because of injury, another absent from practice and a third proclaiming that he would be ready if called upon. Senior Marc Tyler , who suffered a dislocated left shoulder in USC's 30-9 victory over California on Thursday, attended the afternoon workout with his arm in a sling. He appears doubtful for Saturday's game at Notre Dame. Meantime, sophomore Dillon Baxter was absent. "Dillon had a family issue," Coach Lane Kiffin said on his way to the locker room.
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September 7, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC tailback Dillon Baxter won't be calm when he enters Saturday's game against Virginia. Unlike teammates who got their first-game jitters out of the way at Hawaii, Baxter was home serving a suspension for violating team rules. So the freshman from San Diego will make his debut before an expectant and curious crowd at the Coliseum. "That first play in the [Coliseum], I think I'll be a little nervous," Baxter said Tuesday after practice. "But after that first hit, I'll be good.
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October 16, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Intrigue returned to USC's tailback situation Sunday with one prominent player sidelined because of injury, another absent from practice and a third proclaiming that he would be ready if called upon. Senior Marc Tyler , who suffered a dislocated left shoulder in USC's 30-9 victory over California on Thursday, attended the afternoon workout with his arm in a sling. He appears doubtful for Saturday's game at Notre Dame. Meantime, sophomore Dillon Baxter was absent. "Dillon had a family issue," Coach Lane Kiffin said on his way to the locker room.
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October 10, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC's passing attack has thrived as quarterback Matt Barkley and receiver Robert Woods break or flirt with records seemingly every game. But what of the running game? USC ranks 71st among 120 major-college teams, averaging 136.6 yards a game. "It's just been very up and down," Coach Lane Kiffin said Monday. "Not near enough explosive plays. " USC has passed for 14 touchdowns and rushed for four. Marc Tyler is entrenched as the starter, but the coaching staff has not settled on a consistent complement.
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October 4, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Monte Kiffin , USC's assistant head coach for defense, grinned when he saw reporters heading his way after practice Tuesday. Trojans fans are atwitter about major defensive breakdowns in the last two games, but Kiffin cautioned that things are not as dire as some believe. Arizona State scored 43 points in a victory over USC. The Trojans surrendered 554 yards and 37 first downs in a 48-41 victory Saturday over Arizona. "We're better than maybe it would look like," Kiffin said.
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