Former USC running back Dillon Baxter reverses field on Fiji trip

Dillon Baxter was removed from USC’s program three years ago, but the running back is still making headlines.

Baxter transferred briefly to San Diego State and finished his career last season at Baker University, an NAIA school in Kansas. He was scheduled to participate in a pro day workout at Kansas State on Tuesday.

In a story that was published Monday, Baxter told U-T San Diego that while at USC he took a trip to Fiji that was arranged by Teague Egan, a former USC student and certified NFL agent who was decertified by the NFL Players Assn. after he violated an NCAA rule by giving Baxter a ride on a golf cart on campus in 2010.

Baxter was suspended for one game for the golf cart ride and paid $5 to charity before he was reinstated.

From the U-T San Diego story:

He recalled one day when Teague Egan told him they were going to Fiji the next day.

I was like, ‘What do you mean? I can’t buy that,’” Baxter said. “And he was like, ‘I didn’t ask that.’ Then, we just went to Fiji the next day. Things like that. Wild stuff.”

Egan said Tuesday that Baxter’s claim that he arranged or traveled with him to Fiji was “completely untrue” and that “I never left the USC campus with him.”

 “I never took any trips with him anywhere,” Egan said in a phone interview.

Baxter reversed field on his statements during a phone interview Tuesday. He said Egan did not travel with him and that Egan did not arrange the trip.

Asked who paid for the excursion, he said, “I can’t talk about that. My agent told me to lay low on that.”

Later, he said, “my family” paid for the trip.

A USC athletic department spokesman said the school was aware of the U-T San Diego story. He said the school investigated Baxter’s actions while he was a USC athlete and that punishment had been meted out with “well-reported repercussions.” 

Baxter rushed for 1,025 yards last season. He said he was ready to impress NFL scouts.

“I’m more ready than ever,” he said. “I’ve been through a lot and matured. I just want to show everyone I’m the same talent.”


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