In this segment, the tailback position dominates the questions.
Q: Sam Gilbert said:
Since the golf cart ride with the wanna-be agent has Dillon Baxter had any off-the-field issues? Could Kiffin actually be passively pushing Baxter towards transferring?
A: I have not heard of any issues and Lane Kiffin praised him during training camp. I think it’s clear that something about Baxter that riles the staff/Kiffin. It might be best for them to part ways.
Q: I DIg Go Go Girls said:
Do you know that you have posters telling you to kill yourself?
A: I don’t really read comments so the answer is no.
Q: SCDDS said:
On the USC coaching staff, are the position coaches able to substitute players into the game? For example, can’t Kennedy P. rotate his RB’s in and out, Orgeron rotate linemen in and out? We’ve heard Kiffin receive a lot of criticism for not rotating players, but during the course of a game, don’t the position coaches have a hand in this?
A: The position coaches can rotate players but the running back position is a little different. Usually, the position coach clears it with the head coach if you are going to go with one back. Or things are discussed on Friday night before the game to agree to alternate backs every series or so. Pola can change a back for a play or two but Kiffin gets final say on who plays each series.
Q: mdjusc said:
Another Baxter question. What is your opinion of Baxter’s lack of PT? Based on what you have seen of him thus far, how would you handle the situation? Is Baxter in the doghouse or just overrated as a collegiate football recruit?
A: I don’t think he is overrated. He’s had too many good moments in practice. If I was the coach, I would play him more. If I was Baxter, I would consider my options. It kind of seems as if the pair do not gel in terms of what Kiffin wants from a running back. And that seems to be more of an off-field issue than on-field. It is a bit of a mystery