Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 10/15/14
USC head football coach Lane Kiffin confirmed what many suspected on Thursday, as he announced that quarterback Matt Barkley would not be playing in the 2011 Sun Bowl thanks to an injured throwing shoulder. That announcement means that Barkley’s storied, record-shattering collegiate career is now over. It’s a disappointment for USC fans who hoped they would get to see Barkley take the field one last time, especially after the four-year starter had suffered through the monumental NCAA sanctions that could have crippled USC’s football program. Barkley had this to say about having to sit out of the final game of his collegiate career: “I’ve worked as hard as I could to get back for this game and nature’s not allowing it and doctors aren’t allowing it, which is the most important thing – they’re looking out for my best interest. I trust their judgment.” USC will start redshirt freshman Max Wittek against Georgia Tech on Monday instead. Barkley threw for 3,273 yards in 11 games this sea...
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