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USC asks for Baxter back after golf cart ride

Posted on: November 22, 2010 12:05 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 1:50 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Let it not be said that USC hasn't learned from their past history with Reggie Bush ; when details surfaced that freshman running back Dillon Baxter had taken a golf cart ride with a USC student attempting to kickstart a fledgling career as an agent (a student already warned by the Trojan compliance department to stay away from USC's players), the Trojans wasted no time in declaring Baxter ineligible  and holding him out of Saturday's 36-7 loss to Oregon State .

With that game and the investigation (such as it must have been) behind them, however, the Trojans are ready for the NCAA to sign off on Baxter returning to the fold for this week's game against Notre Dame :

USC self-reported the infraction and also filed an official request with the NCAA for Baxter's reinstatement. As part of the request, USC put a nominal value on the golf cart ride that Baxter would have to repay, likely to a charity, USC vice president for athletic compliance David Roberts said.

"We're hoping that that this is going to be the end of it and the NCAA will understand that we acted proactively and quickly," Roberts said. "Obviously we'll take further action in this coming week to make sure that there are no other contacts between these people and our players."

Depending on how much value USC placed on that golf cart ride, maybe Teague Egan -- the agent-to-be in question, who said he offers "15-20" golf cart rides a day to his fellow USC students -- should simply start a campus golf cart taxi service instead. But assuming the NCAA finds no other malfeasance, that USC responded as quickly as they did in the face of such a seemingly minor violation would indicate that the days of Bush-style lawlessness are behind them.

(It's at this point that many college football fans would ask why Baxter was held out for something so piddly while Cam Newton has continued to play after serious allegations that his father solicited up to $200,000 for his services. There's no clear answer to that question, though your perspective likely alters how you'd expect that answer to arrive; the media consensus appears to be that Auburn is simply thumbing its nose at the usual sit-first-ask-for-reinstatement-aft
er process and daring the NCAA to act, though Auburn fans will tell youthat Newton's continued appearances indicate just how un serious the threat to his eligibility really is. It seems we'll all find out when the NCAA says we'll find out, unfortunately.)


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:06 am

USC asks for Baxter back after golf cart ride

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:34 pm

USC asks for Baxter back after golf cart ride

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Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 10:35 am

USC asks for Baxter back after golf cart ride

Ok my fellow college football fans the difference between Cam Newton and Dillion Baxter is that Auburn is undefeated and Cam Newton is a Heisman Candidate and his to lose at that.  Dillion Baxter should of known better and if they were told already then why did he do can tell the kid went there to play ball and didn't use commone-sense or his educational reasoning  I also see the point of why is Newton still playing with such serious allegations of mis-conduct by the young mans is called "DOLLARS and SENSE" know how much money would be lost if Newton was pulled so someone, somewhere is somehow getting some money from someone for something that isn't being made public...close and shut case of I don't know what you are talking about. 

In closing, $200k is n't going to make Can Newton a better or worse player because he is out on the field breaking ankles, throwing bombs and get this winning football you hear that or read it..."Winning Games in what is suppose to be the best Conference is college football"...SEC...whatever.&nb
sp; But this is not going away even if the season is over and someone, somewhere didn't get a piece of the pie and will drop the dime on the Newton Family and then they will take Auburn National Championship (Just Saying), wins for the season and Newton's Heisman (Just Saying) away.

When it is too good to be true 9 times out of 10 it is...

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:26 am

USC asks for Baxter back after golf cart ride

Well, the reason Baxter sat & Newton doesn't is that Baxter took a ride & there is no evidence Newton has done anything wrong. If in the end, it is reasonably (one can never prove innocence, that is why one is innocent until proven guilty) shown that Newton did nothing wrong, as he has insisted, wouldn't it have been very sad to have punished him & his team for nothing?

It is surprising to me that while everyone knows "innocent till proven guilty," so few people seem to actually understand the concept. Unless, of course, they do understand it, they just don't want to apply it in situations where they have an interest.

Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:09 am
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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2010 3:16 pm

USC asks for Baxter back after golf cart ride

How' s that investigation in to Cam Newton and the 180k coming along?  Sounds like 2 years of no bowls and loss of scholarships to me!
I m sure the National Communist Against Athletes will look into the matter with the same diligence they did Reggie Bush.

A golf cart ride??  Really?

The NCAA is a joke!

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2010 2:38 pm

USC asks for Baxter back after golf cart ride

Good idea. This young man surely deserves a chance to not play in a bowl game.

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