Previously ineligible USC RB Baxter likely reinstated against Notre Dame


Less than 48 hours ago, there wasn’t much clarity as to what would happen to USC running back Dillon Baxter, who last week was seen riding in a golf cart with 1st Round Enterprises “agent” Teague Egan. Upon discovery by USC officials, Baxter was consequently ruled ineligible for the Trojans’ game against Oregon State. Already bogged down with a history of poor decisions, the incident looked like the last thing Baxter, or USC, really needed.

However, it was revealed today by athletic director Pat Haden that Baxter will likely rejoin his team this weekend against Notre Dame. What, you ask, prompted such a quick turnaround in judgment? Well, a donation, for one.

More specifically, a $5 donation to a local charity.

Last Saturday, USC assistant athletic director Dave Roberts said that if Baxter repaid the value of the ride given by Egan, then there was a good chance Baxter could be reinstated.

Additionally, Roberts said current USC players Chris Galippo, Malcolm Smith, Shareece Wright, C.J. Gable and Daniel Harper were not violating any rules pertaining to illegal benefits from agents when a photo of them at a party held by Egan surfaced. At the time the photo was taken, May, 2009, Egan was not a registered agent with NFL. Egan did not become an official agent until October of this year.