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Poll: Did Matt Barkley make the right decision?

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As you have no doubt heard by now, Matt Barkley announced earlier today that he will be returning to USC for his senior season.

While the decision means he will enter 2012 as a Heisman front-runner and quarterback of a likely top-five team, it also means the junior turned down millions in NFL riches — for now — as he would’ve likely been a top-ten — maybe even top-five — selection in the April NFL draft.

The question is, did he make the “right” decision?  Should he have left a season of eligibility on the table for an earlier shot at the NFL, or was the right call the one he officially made Thursday afternoon?

Personally, I think he made the right decision.  Why?  Because it was the decision he made.  Far be it from me, or anyone else for that matter, to tell another person what they should do with their life or what should make them happy based on what I may or may not have done standing in those shoes.


Anyway, vote below.


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12 Responses to “Poll: Did Matt Barkley make the right decision?”
  1. vanmorrissey says: Dec 22, 2011 5:09 PM

    Agreed JT. Worse that could happen is a Sam Bradford type injury, who, oh by the way, went first anyway and got $50 million. Money is now down but he’ll get his coin. College only comes around once in his life, let him enjoy!

  2. cosmoman11 says: Dec 22, 2011 5:14 PM

    Hopefully it will work out better than it did for Matt Leinert.

  3. pasadenagal says: Dec 22, 2011 5:16 PM

    Barkely could have a season for the ages next year with his outstanding receiving corps. Robert Woods is brilliant. I think he also is itching to show the NCAA that they can pile on all of the penalties in the world (versus a slap on the wrist to Ohio State) and it still won’t shut down the Trojans.

  4. nickcaul says: Dec 22, 2011 5:25 PM

    My only question for you is why ask people to use their own opinion to answer a question that you yourself can’t? “Far be it from me, or anyone else for that matter, to tell another person what they should do with their life or what should make them happy based on what I may or may not have done standing in those shoes.” I think he made a huge mistake, college will always be there, the NFL for that matter is a once in a lifetime opportunity. He is playing with fate and far worse things could happen to him other than the Sam Bradford injury. Concussions for one are a pretty quick way to end a perfectly good career!

  5. canetic says: Dec 22, 2011 5:38 PM

    I was a nobody in college and had a great time. This kid is the starting qb at a top 25 school within miles of the Playboy mansion. I don’t blame him for being scared to go into the NFL. Those guys are big and mean. I’d rather be tackled by Miss January than mf’ing Ray Lewis.

  6. nlucas550 says: Dec 22, 2011 5:39 PM

    Sorry for pimping my site here.

  7. trojan33sc says: Dec 22, 2011 5:46 PM

    With the new CBA in the NFL his projected slotted position this year is lower than that of next season and so a slotted projected position of top 10 position this year versus a potential # 1 slot next season will produce more money ! Good for him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fight On

  8. bozosforall says: Dec 22, 2011 6:32 PM

    The Condoms aren’t going to win the national title next year anyway, so Barkley will just have to settle for a Puss-12 title instead.

  9. deadeye says: Dec 22, 2011 8:26 PM

    “Far be it from me, or anyone else for that matter, to tell another person what they should do with their life or what should make them happy based on what I may or may not have done standing in those shoes.”


    Having an opinion about Barkley’s decision in no way infringes upon Barkley’s right to make that decision. In other words, Matt is gonna do whatever Matt wants to do regardless of what John Taylor or Deadeye thinks about it.

    Apparently John Taylor believes that either he, or the people who vote in the above poll, may ultimately (and wrongfully) sway Barkley into changing his mind about returning to USC. Let’s analyze this on a couple of different levels:

    First, it illustrates and amazing level of arrogance that at least some people in the media have. Some of those folks actually think that their ramblings can influence individuals who are making these types of life decisions. Newsflash, Matt Barkley does not read CFT to figure out the course of his career. Nor does any other football player for that matter. Please JT, don’t try to give the impression that people expressing their opinions either hurts or helps a player. The rest of us knows it doesn’t. These online discussions are for our entertainment, and nothing more.

    Second, grownups are supposed to give advice on the basis of their experience, wisdom, and perspective AS A GROWNUP. Good advice works like this: Grownup says to child “Don’t do this even though you want to. You’ll thank me when you’re older.” Child takes advice, matures, and later concludes “That was good advice, I’m glad I listened. Thank you grownup.” JT, if you are a grownup, giving advice based on your accumulated wisdom might actually benefit a younger human being. However if you don’t already realize this, then your advice is probably better left unstated.

    So really, the only question that matters here is this: Is Barkley’s highest priority making money, or playing college football?

    If it’s making money, he made the wrong decision. A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush. I’d gladly take 10 million tomorrow instead of waiting a year for 20 million. Injuries can happen to anyone, and as unfathomable as it seems, his level of play may actually tail off and lower his draft stock. Jake Locker is exhibit A for that possibility.

    On the other hand, maybe his family is independently wealthy. Maybe he doesn’t care about making millions in the NFL. Perhaps winning a national title and a Heisman are his top priorities for his football career. If so, he made the right decision. I just hope the grownups in his life offered him the best advice based on his desires and life goals.

  10. ponsonbybritt says: Dec 22, 2011 9:01 PM

    He made the decision for Matt Barkley. In the end, that’s all that should matter.

  11. cbass59 says: Dec 23, 2011 8:02 AM

    Who has a press conference to announce they are staying in college??? Releasing a statement or answering a reporter’s question wasn’t enough attention? Another egomaniac.

  12. arizonapetdoctor says: Dec 23, 2011 9:24 AM

    ESPN drives the press conferences unfortunately. USC is smart to make it a dog-and-pony for recruitment and noteriety purposes. Barkley is unlikely to be the only player that has a press conference to reveal his future, but since he is a player at USC, he is likely to get the most crap about it (at least on these type websites)

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