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Judge issues written order in Bryce Dixon case

Judge issues written order in Bryce Dixon case
USC tight end Bryce Dixon catches a touchdown pass during the Trojans' 52-13 win over Fresno State last season. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

USC said it would carefully evaluate a judge's written order before determining how it would proceed in Bryce Dixon's case.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard H. O'Brien's written order staying Dixon's expulsion was received by Dixon's attorney on Thursday.

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"I'll give them some time to process the decision and just confirm day-by-day," said Mark Hathaway, Dixon's attorney. "I know Bryce is anxious to get to camp as soon as possible. Now that the order is signed that may be sufficient to allow that to happen."

Dixon, a tight end who played in 12 games last season as a freshman, was expelled in May in the aftermath of a USC sexual misconduct investigation.

Dixon filed a petition Wednesday, naming USC Title IX investigator Kegan Allee and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry as respondents. Dixon claimed that USC's sexual misconduct investigation process, "is utterly lacking in due process, with no hearing, no right to counsel, no rules of evidence, no presumption of innocence, no right to possess copies of witness statements and evidence and no right to confront witnesses against him."

O'Brien said in court that he was concerned about USC's investigative and hearing processes and due process.

USC did not practice Thursday. On Wednesday night, Coach Steve Sarkisian said, "As the university makes their decision, then we'll make ours."

A USC spokesman did not immediately respond for a request for comment.

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