USC's Baxter left home after brush with agent

Published Nov. 19, 2010 7:13 p.m. ET

-- Southern California freshman tailback Dillon Baxter has been left home from the 20th-ranked Trojans' trip to Oregon State after what coach Lane Kiffin calls inadvertent contact with an agent.

Kiffin described the contact Friday night in a video posted on USC's website.

Kiffin says Baxter got a ride on campus Thursday in a golf cart driven by two students. The coach says USC later learned one of the students might be an agent, and the school immediately reported the incident to the NCAA.

USC was put under significant NCAA sanctions during the summer after a four-year investigation into the athletic department and Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush.

Baxter is the Trojans' third-leading rusher with 248 yards.

Updated November 19, 2010