Sources: Dillon Baxter not with USC
CHICAGO -- USC running back Dillon Baxter did not make the trip with the Trojans to South Bend on Thursday for this weekend's game against Notre Dame, two sources close to the situation told ESPNLosAngeles.com.Baxter, an embattled sophomore, instead headed home to San Diego for the weekend. USC's policy is to not officially address personnel matters -- who made the trip, who didn't -- in the time leading up to road games. The school discusses such issues only on game day at the stadium.
Baxter could not be reached for comment Friday.
He has had multiple issues with team activities recently, missing the Trojans' practice Sunday with what was called a "family issue" and arriving late to practice later in the week with was called an "academic issue."Baxter has repeatedly fallen in and out of favor with Trojans coach Lane Kiffin since his arrival on campus in January 2010. During his first practices that spring, he was an immediate sensation, prompting Kiffin to compare him to former USC star running back Reggie Bush on multiple occasions and call him perhaps the Trojans' most talented player.
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Pedro Moura covers USC for ESPNLosAngeles.com.