Originally written on College Football Section  |  Last updated 10/29/14
Matt Barkley’s college career is officially over as USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced that Barkley won’t be playing in the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech. Barkley talked to the media and let it be known that this is not how he wanted to end his career as a Trojan. “It’s not what I thought would happen, it’s not what I think is the most ideal situation, but at the same time I do have peace. I know that whatever the case is right now, I can make it into a great case come April, which is essentially what my goal is now.” “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.” Barkley injured his arm when he was sacked in the UCLA game by Anthony Barr. Barkley finishes his career with a 64.1% completion percentage and 12,327 yards, 116 touchdowns, 48 interceptions, and an overall record of 34 – 13. Barkley will now focus his efforts on improving his draft status even though he’s likely to be a first round pick. Barkley’s replacement, freshman Max Wittek will get the start for the Trojans against the Yellow Jackets. “It was Matt’s game to play or not play,” Wittek said. “But now that I know that, I’ll just get back to preparation.” The freshman started against Notre Dame and the Trojans almost won and probably would have if it had not been for the coaching decisions Lane Kiffin made at the end of the game. There may not be a better game for Wittek to get some practice in than a bowl game. Of course the Trojans will actually have to show up to play. Heading into next season, Wittek will have receiver Marquis Lee as a target, and Lee has stated that he would like to actually be in New York for the Heisman presentation next season. Here’s the play that ended Barkley’s career at USC. [gif via TheBigLead, quotes via LATimes] Related Posts Southern Cal quarterback Matt Barkley out for Notre Dame game Matt Barkley has a pretty good sense of humor Lane Kiffin cost USC the game, not Max Wittek
PLAYERS: Matt BarkleyLane KiffinMax Wittex

Cubs oust manager Renteria, setting stage for Maddon

Officially official: Michigan's Dave Brandon has resigned

RG3 won't 'try to be a normal quarterback' on Sunday

Dez Bryant, Joseph Randle reportedly argue before practice

DeAngelo Hall re-tore Achilles tendon while making pizza

Madison Bumgarner was once roommates with Russell Wilson


Report: Dave Brandon to resign as Michigan's Athletic Director

Wild's Vanek linked to alleged money laundering scheme

Jets fans start 'Fire John Idzik' website

Report: McDonald unlikely to be charged with domestic violence

Texas A&M Aggies bench Kenny Hill for freshman Kyle Allen

Josh Smith's reaction to Faried's criticism: 'He's a clown'

WATCH: Johnny Manziel cusses out referees at Cavs opener

Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Chandler Parsons are 'Run DMC'

Analysis: Alex Gordon wouldn't have scored on Game 7 error

Game of the week: Broncos vs. Patriots

November games that will shape the College Football Playoff

WATCH: Flyers equip. manager pulls prank with fake snake

Simi Valley team recreates Sandlot photo for Halloween

Ranking the Top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL

WATCH: Vanilla Ice rocked the halftime show at T'Wolves game

WATCH: Russell Westbrook gets into it with heckling fan

PHOTO: The best sports-themed Halloween costume this year

WATCH: Jameis Winston forces fumble after throwing INT

Trojans News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Game of the week: Broncos vs. Patriots

Baseball team recreates Sandlot pic

Top 10 QBs in the NFL

McDonald unlikely to face D.V. charge

Welker feels like 'weak link' in offense

Cavs intro for LeBron was wild

Greg Hardy won't play this season

Michael Jordan rips Obama's golf game

Torii Hunter in radio ad opposing gay marriage

Curt Schilling praises Bumgarner

GALLERY: Best of sports pumpkins

Top storyline for each Week 9 game

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.