Running back Baxter off team at Southern Cal; to focus on academics
A former top recruit in the class of 2010, Baxter decided to leave the Trojans football team due to what was called an academic issue. Last week, Baxter was supposed to be with the Trojans for USCs high profile matchup against Notre Dame but the running back instead travelled back home in San Diego for the weekend.
AHN Sports Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States
October 25, 2011 06:24 pm EDT
Sports, American Football, College Football
Sophomore running back Dillon Baxter left the USC Trojans football team to concentrate on academics, multiple sources reported Tuesday.
A former top recruit in the class of 2010, Baxter decided to leave the Trojans football team due to what was called an ‘academic issue.’
Last week, Baxter was supposed to join the Trojans for USC’s high profile matchup against Notre Dame but the running back instead travelled back home in San Diego for the weekend.
The running back also missed a practice session last week due to personal reasons before opting to leave the program.
"The decision has been made for Dillon Baxter to focus on his academics," coach Lane Kiffin said in a statement, accosting to ESPN Tuesday. "As he does so, he will not be part of our football program.
Iffy to state any details about Baxter’s situation last week, Kiffin finally confirmed the running back is no longer a part of their football program but will continue to stay in USC for academic reasons.
However, many college football followers speculate Baxter is headed to another football program sooner or later.
Considered one of the finest running back prospects coming from the class of 2010, Baxter did not meet expectations after two unproductive seasons.
Baxter covered only 252 yards on 59 carries with one touchdown in his freshman season.
He competed for a starting spot but eventually lost to fellow sophomore D.J Morgan, putting him in Kiffin’s doghouse this season.
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