LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California tailback Dillon Baxter has been reinstated by the NCAA after taking a ride in a golf cart with an agent last week.

Coach Lane Kiffin said Wednesday night that Baxter is eligible to play for the Trojans against Notre Dame on Saturday.

The Trojans left Baxter home from last week’s trip to Oregon State while his eligibility was investigated after he accepted a ride across campus with Teague Egan, a USC student who is registered as a financial adviser with the NFLPA.

Baxter also paid $5 — the estimated cost of the cart ride — to a charity.

Baxter has rushed for 248 yards and one touchdown in his freshman season with the Trojans.

USC was put under significant NCAA sanctions during the summer.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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