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Kiffin: Matt Barkley expected to be good to go for Sun Bowl

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A shoulder injury sidelined USC quarterback Matt Barkley for his final home game as a Trojan — a loss to No. 1 Notre Dame. It appears, though, that the injury won’t prevent him from starting his last game with USC.

Lane Kiffin said Sunday that he expected Barkley to play in the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech.

“He hasn’t gone to a bowl game the last couple years, so it’s a chance to go to one and finish off strong for him and for the senior class,” Kiffin said. Barkley told the “Dan Patrick Show” on Monday that there was no long-term damage to his shoulder, although he didn’t know about a timetable for return.

For as great as Barkley has been, his time at USC has been filled with plenty of disappointments and some bad luck thrown in. The NCAA imposed sanctions on the program that included a two-year bowl ban, so Barkley’s only bowl experience is an Emerald Bowl win three years ago against Boston College. This year, USC was the preseason No. 1 team and expected to compete for a BCS championship. Instead, the Trojans went 7-5. Top that off with Barkley being unable to play on senior day.

But Barkley’s never once complained about it and maintains that he’s glad he came back for one more year. Now he should get one last chance to go out on top.

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30 Responses to “Kiffin: Matt Barkley expected to be good to go for Sun Bowl”
  1. pacific123ocean says: Dec 3, 2012 2:03 PM

    Matt Barkley is a great student-athlete, and he represents his University very well.

  2. kiopta1 says: Dec 3, 2012 2:09 PM

    Wish Matt the best in this game and in the NFL
    -ND man.

  3. bleed4philly says: Dec 3, 2012 2:31 PM

    Why does Lame Kiffin still have a job?

  4. cometkazie says: Dec 3, 2012 2:51 PM

    U$C is in a bowl game?

  5. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 3, 2012 2:52 PM

    I hope the yellow jackets sting em good!

  6. wabbitslayer says: Dec 3, 2012 3:13 PM

    If Lane really wants to make it up to Barkley that there hasn’t been a bowl game the last couple of years, he’ll loan him Layla for a weekend.

  7. stoutfiles says: Dec 3, 2012 3:28 PM

    Barkley better light it up, because this year has all but destroyed his draft stock.

  8. barnesaintnoble says: Dec 3, 2012 4:10 PM

    I really like Barkley and hope he fares better than other trojan qbs in the nfl. Palmer(Demands trade….Nothing good happens), Leinart(HOT TUB PARTY!!!), Booty (???), Sanchez (ROFL)

  9. soundsofsuccess7 says: Dec 3, 2012 4:11 PM

    what a bummer matchup for USC. they are going to beat the living crap pour of tech. decent end to the season but winning close ones are pretty thrilling and exciting to end a year.

  10. onbucky96 says: Dec 3, 2012 4:15 PM

    Ha ha ha, the Sun Bowl!

  11. mrbullgator says: Dec 3, 2012 5:02 PM

    Good to go for the Sun Bowl!! LOL Alright!! YEAH!!!

    Bow down to the SEC!!

  12. cometkazie says: Dec 3, 2012 5:06 PM

    This was the preseason #1 team, right?

  13. seanb20124 says: Dec 3, 2012 5:07 PM

    To much risk, no reward in playing

  14. papabush88 says: Dec 3, 2012 5:19 PM

    I doubt Barkley will play.

    Surprised there isn’t more news on Reggie Bush NCAA case/Todd McNair lawsuit. It was found that the NCAA unfairly acted in this case. Word is that Haden has given Kiffin the go-ahead to recruit a full 25-man class for 2013.

  15. freemantowilliams says: Dec 3, 2012 6:25 PM

    If you think USC is just gonna roll over gt you are crazy. That defense is gonna have a tough time with that triple option.

  16. papabush88 says: Dec 3, 2012 6:31 PM


    Agree. Although I’m a USC fan, this team has been severely underachieving. Talent, alone, should’ve won them two more games at least.

    Playcalling was questionable and very conservative. Last season, when USC was dominating opponents, Lane was aggressive in his playcalling. He was more Lame Kitten than he was Lane Kiffin this season.

    Also the Tampa 2 is just awful

    Fight On!

  17. irishdodger says: Dec 3, 2012 6:36 PM


    “For some further interesting thoughts on the case, check out this piece from Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, who outlines some good reasons as to why McNair might have a good chance of winning his defamation case. Just a reminder, though, that this is not a USC lawsuit. It’s a civil case filed by McNair against the NCAA, seeking monetary compensation. USC received its NCAA sanctions (two-year bowl ban and loss of scholarships) in 2010 and appealed. The appeal was denied last year and USC decided not to pursue any further legal action.”

  18. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 3, 2012 7:48 PM

    Awesome, now Barkley can secure his spot in the 4th round. LOL

  19. spankygreen says: Dec 4, 2012 12:54 AM

    Hey Matt, still think you would have been picked over RG III had you come out last year?………..hehehehe! Son you can barely compete in the PAC 12……..If you get selected before the 6th Rd of the NFL draft, count yourself lucky…..Next years draft and this years Heisman choices are bottom of the barrel, no real stars……just pick someone out o the phonebook……

  20. timh1955 says: Dec 4, 2012 9:52 AM

    USC is the laughing stock of college football this year. They deserve Kiffin.

  21. waynefontes says: Dec 4, 2012 11:39 AM

    Preseason #1 all the way to the Holiday.. oops, I mean all the way to the Sun Bowl.

    All you Trojans who think Lane Kiffin is the answer… I admire your delusion.

    Monte Kiffin isn’t the problem. His son of questionable talent and character is.

    I do feel bad for Barkley. He stayed his senior year and didn’t leave when the sanctions hit. He is a true Trojan and if I was a Southern Cal fan, I would be proud to have him as a quarterback. He is a stand up guy and a great leader.

    That being said, Lane Kiffin is a loser who isn’t worth all the trouble that he gets you in. Jersey switches, deflated balls (though those weren’t his fault.. cough cough) I hope you still enjoy him Trojan fans, you won’t for long.

    I’ll gladly bet on that. Kiffin has done nothing of merit in the NFL, SEC or Pac-12 other than being the sperm of a great defensive coach and a fine gentleman. Too bad the apple fell far from the tree.

  22. papabush88 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:38 PM


    You’re lecturing us on delusions and you think Monte was not a problem? Look at the records!!!! Most yards and points scored on the Trojans…EVER!!!!

    Lane is no Chip Kelly, but compare Pete Carroll’s defenses at USC to Monte’s defenses at USC. Not even close. Monte’s D has been TERRIBLE. Monte is a stand up guy. Very respected in the football world, but he’s not getting the job done. Use your brain. Carroll and Monte both got about the same talent on defense. 5’s and 4-star recruits. Carroll’s defenses were some of the best all time. Monte’s are some of the worst all time. “Bend but don’t break!!!” I don’t buy it. That’s like using all 5 players, in basketball, to guard the three point line, but giving up lay-ups and dunks.

    Now compare Lane’s offenses to Sarkisian’s and Norm Chow’s (when they were at USC under Carroll). Not much difference. Lane is still putting up a lot of points like Carroll’s OCs did. However, Lane is not yet off the hook. He deserves a good deal of blame for this season. Monte deserves the most. Lane better step it up next year. I am not saying he is THE answer for USC at the HC position. But with Monte gone, Lane deserves at least another year. He should get an OC.

  23. timh1955 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:56 PM

    I’m sure all the other teams in the PAC12 hope Lane stays a long time and he just keeps on destroying whatever talent USC has left just as he has done everywhere he has gone. Maybe now you guys at USC can see why he is hated so much in the SEC.

  24. papabush88 says: Dec 4, 2012 3:50 PM


    That doesn’t make sense. Shouldn’t the SEC (minus Tennessee) love Kiffin?

    His sample size is still relatively small at USC. His playcalling last year was great. This year, he got really conservative. If this conservative playcalling continues, I’m with you on this and hope he never comes back to Troy.

  25. timh1955 says: Dec 4, 2012 11:35 PM

    Was it conservative play calling or just dumb play calling? I’m not a Tennessee fan as they are one of the big rivals with Bama in the SEC but I hated how Kiffin left during the night after literally pissing off nearly coach in the SEC. In addition, UT is still getting penalized by the NCAA solely for Kiffin’s actions while he was at UT. He’s just absolute scum but I have to admit he has a drop dead hot hot hot wife!

  26. papabush88 says: Dec 5, 2012 1:29 AM


    I thought it was that other assistant coach at UT that broke NCAA rules, not Kiffin.

    Conservative play calling or dumb play calling. Whatever it was, it was bad. His play calling last season was aggressive and fearless and t worked wonders. He tried to take baby steps into the championship game but hopefully he now knows it takes guts

  27. timh1955 says: Dec 5, 2012 3:36 AM

    It was an assistant coach, Willie Mack Garza who was hired by Kiffin and then when Kiffin crawled out of Knoxville in the middle of the night he took many of the UT coaches including Garza to USC. Kiffin seems to always blame his assistant coaches for “oversights” and violations such as the under inflated footballs. He always claims he didn’t know anything about it and it was one of the assistants errors.

    If he has another season in 2013 like he had in 2012 do you think they (USC) will keep him? I thought they would keep another year but I don’t see it happening this time next year if 2013 is bad.

  28. papabush88 says: Dec 5, 2012 6:46 PM


    In light of the recent findings in the USC/Todd Mcnair/Reggie Bush case, I tend to side with the defense until there is substantial evidence against a person. The NCAA tried to nail McNair on the cross and, as it turns out, the members of USC’s committee of infractions were involved in some shady stuff trying to slander what seems to be an innocent McNair, on top of the innocent USC.

    In the case of Tennessee, maybe it was ALL Garza…maybe it was not. Fact is that it seems the NCAA is happy with their fall guy. I find it ironic how everyone seems to be easily blaming Kiffin for Tennessee’s sanctions, but when it comes to the USC case, these same people blame all of USC.

    However, even if Garza acted alone, the Head Coach does deserve a good portion of blame. He is, of course, the Head Coach (Kiffin).

    The best job security Kiffin can do is to surround himself with capable assistant coaches. If he wants to increase his chances of staying at USC, then he better get a great OC and incredible DC. I was thinking Jeff Tedford (OC) and Randy Shannon (DC). Another 7-5 season, and I would cast a vote to have Kiffin removed. The talent that USC has, they should be reaching BCS bowls every year.

  29. timh1955 says: Dec 5, 2012 8:17 PM

    Garza has been in trouble everywhere he’s gone. He resigned from USC in Sept 2011 due to recruiting violations.

    As far as blaming Kiffin for Tennessee’s problems I do blame him for the violations of the coaches he hired and Garza was one of them. As fas the USC violations I thought it was Pete Carroll that took much of the blame for that.

    I agree with you on the best job security for Kiffin is to get good coaches. It is incredible the talent that SC has and I think that’s a lot of the reason they were ranked #1 in the preseason polls. I also agree that he won’t be around this time next year if he has another 2012.

    Did I mention how good looking his wife is? He may call bad plays but he knows how to get a great looking wife.

  30. papabush88 says: Dec 5, 2012 8:36 PM


    No. Pete Carroll was cleared of any involvement in the Reggie Bush scandal. The NCAA’s conclusion was the USC “should’ve known” that Reggie’s step-dad was accepting benefits. NCAA never was able to find any evidence that USC knew it was happening. They sent the dogs on Todd McNair, who was the Running Backs coach. Their hope was that because McNair probably spent the most time around Bush…that he would know if Bush was accepting money/houses etc. However, it seems that the NCAA was hiding internal emails in which certain members (they concluded there were 2-3 NCAA people) who were trying anything that would criminalize McNair/USC. They had basically made up their mind, despite what evidence they had (or lack thereof) that USC and McNair were bad and needed to be taught a lesson. It seems that this licentious behavior is coming back to bite the NCAA.

    Lane’s playcalling this year was abysmal. Predictable, conservative, and just awful. He was very aggressive and fearless last year. One of my favorite plays from last year was vs Oregon. USC was basically somewhere inside Oregon’s 10 yard line with the ball. USC had just previously scored on a play where Woods motioned out and Barkley put the ball in the corner of the endzone. This play looked very similar. Woods did the same exact motion out, the Oregon players recognized it, bit on Woods, and instead our TE did a little hitch route and Barkley drilled it to our TE. It was so simple but also brilliant at the same time.

    That was 2011 Lane Kiffin. 2012 Lane Kiffin would’ve probably tried getting it to Woods again on the same play. And it would’ve failed. I didn’t know this until last week, but Kennedy Polamalu is actually our OC…but that title doesn’t mean much when Lane is calling the plays. Lane needs a real OC to call the plays. Whether he hands it over to Polamalu or he hires someone from the outside…changes need to be made.

    Layla Kiffin is a goddess. Kiffin is a closer…from recruits to his wife…Lane knows his A.B.C.’s

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