November 20, 2010 |
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.
November 19, 2010 |
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.
November 7, 2010 |
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.
October 9, 2010 |
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.
October 6, 2010 |
It was not exactly a performance that inspired confidence. Or hope. USC Coach Lane Kiffin was anxious to see if either Joe Houston or Jake Harfman would establish himself in a reopened kicking competition, but the two went zero for Wednesday, combining to miss six field-goal attempts. Asked how concerned he was about the Trojans' kicking game, Kiffin did not hesitate. "Extremely," said Kiffin, whose team is preparing for Saturday's Pacific 10 Conference game at No. 16 Stanford.
October 2, 2010 |
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.
September 27, 2010 |
Marc Tyler had his moments as USC's featured running back. So have Allen Bradford and Stanley Havili . But this could be the week that USC Coach Lane Kiffin truly unveils freshman Dillon Baxter . At least, Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian theorized as much Monday. With an open date last week, Sarkisian and his staff watched as the Trojans opened with a no-huddle offense, put the ball in Havili's hands and continued to shift formations on conversion attempts during a rout of Washington State.
September 7, 2010 |
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.
August 22, 2010 |
A look at USC's running-game options: Dillon Baxter, 6-0, 195, Fr.: Multipurpose threat showed flair for the spectacular during spring practice. Suspended for season opener at Hawaii for violating team rules. Allen Bradford, 6-0, 235, Sr.: Entered training camp No. 1 on the depth chart after rushing for 668 yards and scoring eight touchdowns in 2009. C.J. Gable, 6-0, 205, Sr.: Appears energized by new coaching staff after being seemingly buried in Pete Carroll's doghouse last season.
August 18, 2010 |
USC tailback Dillon Baxter no doubt would have preferred to address a different topic Wednesday when he met with reporters for the first time during training camp. But the freshman from San Diego said he learned a valuable lesson after Coach Lane Kiffin suspended him from next month's season opener at Hawaii for violating team rules. "Just be responsible, do what you need to do and stop acting like a knucklehead and everything should be fine," Baxter said. Kiffin announced Baxter's suspension last week, a day after USC's Department of Public Safety filed an incident report about an unnamed student "violating team curfew" and "being under the influence of a controlled substance," at the campus dormitory where Trojans players were housed during the first two weeks of training camp.