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A Game Plan to Blitz the Books
Jamal Greene
December 20, 1999
John Baxter has engineered an academic turnaround at Fresno State
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December 20, 1999

A Game Plan To Blitz The Books

John Baxter has engineered an academic turnaround at Fresno State

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Not a single member of Hill's first recruiting class has been disqualified for academic reasons. In fact, barring unforeseen catastrophe, that class should pass the 70% four-year graduation rate—which would place Fresno State alongside the nation's elite athletic scholarship schools—when it checks out in 2001.

As for Baxter, his success as a special teams coach—his units have blocked 50 kicks in nine seasons—has drawn feelers from several pro teams. For now he'll stick to college. "I'm into educating kids," he says. "I think the things I've done in coaching stand on their own, but to me there's a bigger picture out there than touchdowns."

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