Dillon Baxter doesn’t travel with USC to Oregon State

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Running back Dillon Baxter  of the USC Trojans carries the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 17-14. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

When USC hired Lane Kiffin, a lot of people thought it was spitting in the face of the NCAA as it decided what sanctions it would put on the program.

But maybe Kiffykins is getting it.

Stud freshman running back Dillon Baxter didn’t make the trip with the Trojans for today’s game against Oregon State because he took a golf cart ride from a student who was registered as an agent. This would be a small potatoes violation, and USC wouldn’t have any trouble getting around, or even through this. Baxter, apparently, didn’t know that the student was an agent, and a ride through campus on a golf cart seems like a silly thing to get in trouble for.

But USC’s not taking any chances, which is a good thing. Being on probation means that ignoring little things like that could cause bigger headaches for the Trojans. They’re already serving a two-year postseason ban and a reduction in scholarships. Getting ahead of the NCAA and asking for forgiveness before being punished was absolutely the right move for USC and Kiffin to make.

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