Found December 22, 2011 on Larry Brown Sports:
Matt Barkley surprised many people by announcing Thursday he would return to USC for his senior season. He was considered to be one of the top three quarterback prospects along with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, and it was likely he would be a top 15 pick. Many people can’t understand how he turned down the NFL, but his decision makes sense. Barkley has been a lifelong USC fan and his dream was to play quarterback for the Trojans. He’ll have a chance to set more school records, play in a bowl game, and win a Heisman Trophy. The Trojans should have another strong season with him back, even if Matt Kalil and Nick Perry are turning pro. Though Barkley faces certain hazards by returning to school, he also has some potential benefits. Without Andrew Luck (and possibly Robert Griffin III) in the draft, Matt could become the top prospect. Being drafted first overall would give him more money than he would make this year. The downside is the inherent injury risk, and the possibility...

How Matt Barkley is different from Luke Kuechly

USC's JR quarterback Matt Barkley made headlines this week by announcing he will return to USC for his senior season. This was big news because Barkley was likely to be a high pick. Most experts projected him to get drafted before our star player Luke Kuechly. With most of these cases I think the player should leave. I understand why Barkley wants to return. Unfortunately his...

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The availability of eight-figure insurance policies against career-ending injuries, the extremely rare chance to compete as a top contender for a BCS title and getting a degree are all important, but there’s also how far the USC quarterback has to go before he catches up with Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III in basic communication skills. Look at Griffin’s Heisman acceptance...

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Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - USC quarterback Matt Barkley stood in front of a Christmas tree and delivered his school a present. After setting Trojans records for touchdown passes and completion percentage in a season, Barkley will return to school for his senior year instead of entering the NFL Draft. The three-year starter announced his plans at a press conference Thursday...

Matt Barkley Will Return To USC for Senior Season

So Matt Barkley is coming back for his senior season to play for Lane Kiffin and the USC Trojans… The same Lane Kiffin that is married to this: Digg this! Share this on Reddit Share this on Facebook Tweet This! Buzz up! Stumble upon something good? Share it on StumbleUpon Share this on Mixx ...

Matt Barkley says his original plan was an early jump to the NFL

USC quarterback Matt Barkley made plenty of Trojan fans happy — and initiated plenty of 2012 hype — when he announced he would be coming back for his senior season. As the announcement grew closer, it became clearer by the hour  which way Barkley would lean. I mean, come on, the marching band was there.…

Matt Barkley returns to USC for senior season

USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley passes under pressure by Oregon Ducks linebacker Boseko Lokombo (25) during the first half of their NCAA football game in Los Angeles, California, October 30, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL) USC quarterback Matt Barkley just announced at a 1 PM PST news conference that he will be returning to play for the...

Matt Barkley to stay at USC: How his decision screwed the Dolphins

One day in and the self-righteous USC QB Matt Barkley for whatever reasons chose to remain at the University of Southern California. All this talk of Barkley desiring to be a competitor at the highest level, to elevate his skills (which are incredible even at his age and experience level) and win as much as he can were useless, as Barkley will return to stay at USC....

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This morning fans around the league woke up with their team being, 4-10 or 5-9 or 6-8 but at least having hope that a franchise QB might be on the way in 2012. Whether it was Andrew Luck or Matt Barkley or RG3, fans including myself found our excitement growing that one of the strongest QB classes would allow their team to find the next QB to lead their team to glory. However, this...

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Thursday started off with awful news for the Dolphins in their search for a franchise quarterback, as USC junior Matt Barkley, rated by some as the No. 2 overall prospect in April’s draft, announced that he will instead return to school for his senior year. But the Colts have given the Dolphins and several other [...]

2012 Draft: Where Redskins fit in

After last weekend’s win vs. the Giants and the Browns loss to the Cards, Washington slipped out of fourth pick down to 7th. Then yesterday we find out that Matt Barkley has decided to stay for his senior year at USC, which makes things that much harder for us to pick a QB. After taking stock of the teams expected to have the top 7 picks and their needs, here’s how I think the...

Dontari Poe, Robert Turbin declare for NFL draft

The big NFL draft news this week was that USC quarterback Matt Barkley will wait until 2013 to turn pro. But we’ve also had a couple of players announce that they’re leaving college early to enter the 2012 draft. College Football Talk has the news that Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe and Utah State running…
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