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February 21, 2012

USC transfer Baxter dealing with 'personal issues'

Before Dillon Baxter even enrolled at San Diego State last month, he had an agreement with head coach Rocky Long that he wouldn't see many reps, if any at all, this spring while he redshirts after his transfer from USC.

Now, after "personal" and "academic issues" have risen since he enrolled with the Aztecs in January, he not only won't carry the ball for SDSU this spring, but he won't even be on the Aztecs' squad until the fall at the earliest.

"He's taking care of some personal issues and taking care of some academic issues," Long said after SDSU's first spring practice of the year on Tuesday. "He's working on personal issues and academics and if all that turns out all right at the end of the semester, he'll be back with us at training camp."

The news comes just a day after the Los Angeles Daily News reported Baxter was already having "punctuality issues" at SDSU. While Long denied to comment on the story, he confirmed Baxter has had "a variety of" issues come up since he enrolled in late January.

"He's still associated with the team," Long said of Baxter. "But I don't expect him back until maybe fall camp. He's not going to participate in spring practice."

Long said the former five-star running back is still enrolled in school and is meeting with Aztec coaches and tutors "every day."

But given his track record of issues and suspensions at USC, the news isn't particularly encouraging for his bounce-back chances at SDSU.

Although Long is looking at the glass half full in the meantime.

"He would have been standing here watching everybody else play," the head coach said. "He wasn't going to be handling the ball one time in spring practice. That was my agreement with him from the very start. So this extra time he's spending on his academics is really good for him."


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