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Robert Woods’ NFL decision coming Monday

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Later today, USC will announce whether Matt Barkley will be healthy enough to return to play in the Sun Bowl early next week (here’s a hint: he won’t).

Following the Trojans’ first postseason game since 2009, one of Barkley’s top targets over the past three seasons will announce whether he’ll return to play one more collegiate season.

After USC arrived in El Paso Wednesday for on-site bowl preparations, wide receiver Robert Woods confirmed to reporters that he will reveal  his NFL intentions Monday, after the Trojans square off with Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.  It’s expected the true junior will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility, with the Orange County Register writing that “[s]ources said Woods would probably turn pro, barring a last-minute change of heart.”

Woods is USC’s career leader in receptions, but has seen his role in the passing game decreased by the continuing emergence of Marqise Lee, who staked his claim to the Biletnikoff Award earlier this month after eclipsing Woods’ single-season school receiving record.  Despite being relegated to “an afterthought” and Option B behind Lee, Woods still managed 73 catches for 813 yards and 11 touchdowns thus far this season.

If as expected Woods makes himself available for the 2013 NFL draft, the Los Angeles Times writes that Woods stated “he received a draft evaluation from the NFL that gave him a range that topped at the second round.”

While we’re here, and in other USC Sun Bowl news, the Trojans likely didn’t endear themselves to either the El Paso Chamber of Commerce or the Yellow Jackets thanks to a pair of “incidents” upon their arrival.  As far as the former is concerned, defensive lineman Leonard Williams referred to El Paso as a “sh***y city” in a tweet that was subsequently deleted; in the latter misstep, the Trojans as a team were an hour or so late for a dinner feting both Sun Bowl participants.  Tech ended up leaving the feast just as the USC entourage was arriving.

Yep, never a dull moment when a Lane Kiffin-coached team is involved.

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13 Responses to “Robert Woods’ NFL decision coming Monday”
  1. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 27, 2012 12:24 PM

    Decision: He’s gone.

  2. iamjimmyjack says: Dec 27, 2012 12:33 PM

    Lane Kiffin is doing everything he can do to drag this great program down with him and his coaching career. Get rid of him. Hire Chris Peterson or Gary Paterson

  3. iamjimmyjack says: Dec 27, 2012 12:35 PM

    Robert, please go to the nfl. We love and appreciate what uve done here at SC but u deserve to get paid. Good luck in the pros.

  4. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 27, 2012 12:51 PM

    jimmyjack, SC would gain an entire fan base of Tennessee Vols when Haden fires his ass. LOL

    And BTW, there are two programs that have a slim shot at nabbing Chris Petersen, Oregon and USC. He’s showing signs of frustration, and I think one of those two schools can pick him off if the timing works out. Nobody else has a shot.

  5. addict2sport says: Dec 27, 2012 1:42 PM

    The player’s tweet can be swept under the rug as a young kid saying and doing a stupid thing. If the late arrival was another Lane antic I really hope Haden takes care of the issue. It’s disrespectful to GTech, USC’s fan base and alumni, and to the bowl’s sponsors. There better be a good reason for the team’s tardiness. I’m tired of Lane pouring fuel on the fire of those who enjoy knocking USC.

  6. xtremesportsmaniac says: Dec 27, 2012 2:07 PM

    USC’s flight was late which lead to a late practice which led to them being late for the dinner. They practiced on the other side of town.

    This was not a case of Lane being Lane.

  7. qwest12 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:43 PM

    Absolutely no reason to stay there. They will not be that good next year either and who knows how the new qb will be.

  8. rsmeans says: Dec 27, 2012 8:58 PM

    No body really cares about USC. They are a dead program. Not relevant anymore. So why talki about the losers. One should feel sorry for the poor recruits who have committed to them. USC has always been a black hole for elite recruits. Best they go to UCLA , Oregon, or better yet some SEC team.

  9. jimbo75025 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:57 AM

    xtremesportsmaniac says:
    Dec 27, 2012 2:07 PM
    USC’s flight was late which lead to a late practice which led to them being late for the dinner. They practiced on the other side of town.

    This was not a case of Lane being Lane.

    While your above is true, the dinner with the chamber/sponsors is a must do if you are going to a bowl. I am sure the payout USC is getting for the bowl is not that big, but the extra practices pre-bowl are the biggest gain here for USC to set themselves up for next season. Whether this was Lane’s fault or not, as coach he is the ultimate boss of the the football program and will get the blame for failures such as this (much less the rest of the season). The public perception of Lane as arrogant, etc is not helped by this as the ultimate takeaway that this seems an arrogant move by USC. Nobody could bother to make a few phone calls explaining the situation instead of leaving everything wondering what was going on and then just showing up an hour late?

  10. tg1896 says: Dec 28, 2012 6:20 AM

    Kiffin is a jerk. Late plane, late practice, late season. Hopefully, Kiffin will be the “late” USC coach.

  11. xtremesportsmaniac says: Dec 28, 2012 7:21 AM


    USC has two more dinners scheduled with GT during the week. I am sure they will not be late for those.

    Also, the only people wondering are a few reporters I am sure USC made the bowl and GT aware. I know there were some tweets from the bowl that explained this as not that big of a deal.

  12. xtremesportsmaniac says: Dec 28, 2012 7:25 AM


    I also understand how this would come off as an arrogant move be cause that was also I first impression and I am a USC fan.

    I am not a fan of Lane and it has more to do with his play calling and in game decisions but this time it wasn’t his fault.

  13. pdcooper08 says: Dec 28, 2012 7:47 AM

    rsmeans says:
    No body really cares about USC. They are a dead program. Not relevant anymore. So why talking about the losers.

    I’m just here at work minding my own business reading what others had to say, then I get to your rant.

    Means, if your not a Trojan fan and nobody cares about them, then why are you even here and making any comments? I don’t see you commenting on any W. Kentucky or Purdue message boards.

    Why is it so important for you to comment on a team that is so irrrelevant? Why not take our own advise and go away.

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