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USC RB Dillon Baxter released from scholarship

Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:07 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

After a rocky start to his collegiate career, USC running back Dillon Baxter has reportedly been released from his scholarship and will seek a transfer after this semester.

"After speaking with Coach [Lane] Kiffin, we decided it was better to part ways," Baxter's stepfather, Anthony Mooney, told The Orange County Register on Thursday. "It was an amicable situation that was better for Dillon and for USC. We want to thank everyone at the university for the opportunity and support they gave to Dillon while he was there. Unfortunately it just didn't work out. It just wasn't a match at this point."

Baxter, a touted five-star recruit out of San Diego, saw limited action in the first four games of the season. His most productive performance being a seven carry, 29 yard outing in the 38-17 victory over Syracuse on Sept. 17. When Baxter did not make the trip to Notre Dame in October, Kiffin cited academics as the reason the sophomore running back would not be a part of the program.

Baxter's stepfather told The Register that the talented tailback is "looking for a new start." The schools currently under consideration for transfer reportedly include San Diego State, Florida, and Portland State.

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