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08:35 AM ET 12.23 | 'Tis the season of giving, and Matt Barkley certainly did his part Thursday for USC. About the time the cheering stopped and the shock settled and the football world started scratching its head, Coach Lane Kiffin stepped to the dais and uttered the only appropriate word. "Wow," he said. Wow indeed, as Barkley just gave up as much as $20 million in guaranteed high-draft-pick money for a chance to finish out a journey that pays him nothing. Even with the insurance policy he surely possesses, Barkley is risking a lifetime of riches to become perhaps the greatest of Trojans football legends. ... "This is a special, special college student-athlete story," said Kiffin, adding. "He's the perfect Trojan. He's Matty Trojan."

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Matt Barkley, Icon Sports Matt Barkley, Icon Sports
December 23, 2011  08:56 AM ET

"This is a special, special college student-athlete story," said Kiffin, adding. "He's the perfect Trojan. He's Matty Trojan."

If only Beavis and Butthead were at that press conference.

December 23, 2011  08:57 AM ET

Did he really say "Matty Trojan"...?


ROFLMAO!




Everybody knows it's "Matty Trogan".

December 23, 2011  09:03 AM ET

To hell with the NFL, and to hell with the mindset that says "go for everything NOW." There is more to life than just grabbing the brass ring. I applaud Matt Berkley.

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December 23, 2011  09:22 AM ET

I'd like to think the decision was purely noble. However, I think the potential number of high quality QBs in this year's draft influenced the decision a little. Still think he would have gone ahead of most of them.

December 23, 2011  09:29 AM ET

What is there a farm in So Cal where they raise these little Trojans. I thought eugenics was outlawed.

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December 23, 2011  09:35 AM ET

Gonna cost the boosters some moo-la!

December 23, 2011  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'd like to think the decision was purely noble. However, I think the potential number of high quality QBs in this year's draft influenced the decision a little. Still think he would have gone ahead of most of them.

He may be a #1 pick next year and he'll make up the difference in cash within a few years.

December 23, 2011  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

That sure cost the boosters some moo-la!

FIFY

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December 23, 2011  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'd like to think the decision was purely noble. However, I think the potential number of high quality QBs in this year's draft influenced the decision a little. Still think he would have gone ahead of most of them.

It seems like Every year there is "the next great QB" - wasn't Sam Bradford the best that ever was when he came out?

I would have figured that Barkley would have learned from Leinart - who certainly would have gone earlier ($$$) if he came out.

December 23, 2011  09:48 AM ET
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He won't lose that much $$$$, this is USC, sure they will find some Reggie Bush type money for him. Hope your return is futile as you play for that jerk. Guess he wants a Heisman. What does that prove. Look at Reggie Bush, a bust in New Orleans. Darreen Sproles is everything Reggie is not.

It seems like Every year there is "the next great QB" - wasn't Sam Bradford the best that ever was when he came out?

I would have figured that Barkley would have learned from Leinart - who certainly would have gone earlier ($$$) if he came out.

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December 23, 2011  10:07 AM ET

He made the decision because he will possibly be the #1 pick in next year's draft. Andrew Luck has it locked up this year. Personally, I like to see student-athletes stay in school, but I am an idealist.

December 23, 2011  10:08 AM ET
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I'd like to think the decision was purely noble. However, I think the potential number of high quality QBs in this year's draft influenced the decision a little. Still think he would have gone ahead of most of them.

I doubt it. The NFL has a set rate for draft picks. The difference between being the first or even fifth pick is not significant.
Here is this years break down:

first pick=$22 million, four years, all guaranteed
fourth pick= $19.6 million, four years, all guaranteed

He has insurance to cover a lot of money if he is injured. Normal for top athletes.
Give him credit. it is due him.

 
December 23, 2011  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

He made the decision because he will possibly be the #1 pick in next year's draft. Andrew Luck has it locked up this year. Personally, I like to see student-athletes stay in school, but I am an idealist.

Does not matter, one or two or three or four pick or top ten. Pay scale is not that different anymore.
And I would not assume that Luck is higher regarded by pro scouts. If he is, it is not by much. It was the college writers that anointed Luck. They have done that before with lots of QBs who were utter failures at the pro level.

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