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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
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The USC Trojans football team apparently was over an hour late for something called the “Sheriff’s Posse” dinner, an event in advance of the Sun Bowl.
There’s one thing that’s very clear in Lane Kiffin‘s career, the USC head coach has no interest in making friends.
Kiffin and his USC Trojans stood up Paul Johnson and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at a Sun Bowl dinner, according to Duke Keith of the El Paso Times. According to Keith’s tweets, the dinner was at the Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino in Sunland Park, N...
Matt Barkley's career at Southern California is over, a shoulder injury bringing a disappointing end to his record-breaking, four-year run as the Trojans' quarterback.
Coach Lane Kiffin announced Thursday that the senior quarterback won't play in the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech because of an injured shoulder. Instead, redshirt freshman Max Wittek will make his second...
Suffice it to say, the USC Trojans had a disappointing season.
Going into the season with national championship aspirations, the team jumped out to a 6-1 start, and looked poised to at least capture a Rose Bowl bid. However, the team limped into the finish, ending out the season 7-5 (5-4 in the Pac-12) — possibly hurt the draft stock of quarterback Matt Barkley – and will find...
USC Coach Lane Kiffin spoke with the media following Friday evening's practice in El Paso as the Trojans continue to prepare for Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.
USC head coach Lane Kiffin appears to be getting in the mood for the Sun Bowl. On Wednesday, his Trojans arrived in El Paso, Tex. for their game against Georgia Tech on New Year's Eve, and take a look at what the colorful coach was wearing. Very festive. Via Deadspin.
USC Coach Lane Kiffin speaks with the media following Thursday's practice in El Paso. Kiffin announced quarterback Matt Barkley will not be available to play in the Sun Bowl.
Lane Kiffin and the USC Trojans showed up an hour and 30 minutes late to the Sun Bowl dinner because well… he is Lane Kiffin. Also, a USC Trojan lineman took to Twitter last night to call El Paso ************ on Twitter. He quickly deleted the tweet but EDSBS was quick enough to retweet it so we could show it.
You mean “Blight On.” RT @lwtrojan94: Out here in El Paso. ***...
USC senior quarterback Matt Barkley suffered a shoulder sprain in the fourth quarter of the Trojans loss to UCLA. After sitting out the Notre Dame game, Coach Lane Kiffin originally believed Barkley would be ready to go for USC's bowl game. Kiffin announced Thursday Barkley will not be cleared by doctors to play in the Sun Bowl. Barkley shares his reaction....
USC Coach Lane Kiffin addresses the media at Friday's Sun Bowl press conference.
Preseason No. 1 USC started the year chasing the school’s 12th national championship, to take care of what senior quarterback Matt Barkley called “...
Make no mistake about the fact that Matt Barkley had a fantastic career as a starting quarterback for the USC Trojans. No, he did not win a BCS Championship or a Heisman Trophy award. He will not go out as the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. He did not leave the program any better than it was before he arrived. But it was a hell of a ride.
Unfortunately, for Barkley, it was just one...
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