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07:42 AM ET 12.24 | A clock is ticking for the Trojans and quarterback Matt Barkley. Will [Barkley] be ready to play in the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech? The situation remains murky. Over the past couple weeks, Coach Lane Kiffin consistently said he expected Barkley to play. But Kiffin did some minor back-pedaling Saturday when asked about Barkley's status. Barkley suffered a sprained shoulder Nov. 17 against UCLA, an injury that can take up to two months to fully heal. Barkley has attended practices but has not participated at all since his injury. "We're going to look at it when we get down there (to El Paso, Texas), and see if he can practice," Kiffin said. USC won't practice again until Wednesday in El Paso.

The Orange County Register

Matt Barkley, Icon Sports Matt Barkley, Icon Sports
December 24, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Well it looks like lame kitten is playing cat and mouse with the game prep, it doesnt really matter USCw should handle buisness as usual.

December 24, 2012  09:04 AM ET

I'd like to see Barkley play in his last game in college.

December 24, 2012  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'd like to see Barkley play in his last game in college.

LOL, I'm sure Woods and Lee wish the same thing!!!

December 24, 2012  11:42 AM ET

How will the Trogs defend GT's triple option?

December 24, 2012  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

How will the Trogs defend GT's triple option?

Hopefully Monte has been stressing gap control and staying disciplined in containment. Hopefully.

December 24, 2012  02:00 PM ET

Let him go out with a bang...let him play and let loose!!!

December 24, 2012  02:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Let him go out with a bang...let him play and let loose!!!

I am on the fence on this one. He absolutely deserves to go out on the field, and not on the sidelines. On the other hand, would also like to see Wittek take another step towards taking over for the future. Tough call.

December 24, 2012  03:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I am on the fence on this one. He absolutely deserves to go out on the field, and not on the sidelines. On the other hand, would also like to see Wittek take another step towards taking over for the future. Tough call.

True....but he deserve to walk away from the field...not helped off.

I guess we are the unlucky ones....have to work on X-Mas eve... :-(

December 24, 2012  04:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

True....but he deserve to walk away from the field...not helped off.I guess we are the unlucky ones....have to work on X-Mas eve... :-(

LOL. I am on call 24/7, including holidays. No off-season in my biz.

December 24, 2012  04:26 PM ET

sorry dude...i am checking out.... mele kalikimaka!!!

December 24, 2012  05:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'd like to see Barkley play in his last game in college.

You did. Face down and **** up against UCLA.

December 24, 2012  07:46 PM ET

U$C could probably put an O-lineman in at QB, and still beat GT. Lee will TRAMPLE that defense if the Trogans can put the ball into his hands.

December 24, 2012  08:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

U$C could probably put an O-lineman in at QB, and still beat GT. Lee will TRAMPLE that defense if the Trogans can put the ball into his hands.

I hope so, but we don't have the best track record against teams we should destroy.

December 24, 2012  09:42 PM ET

Matt you should have choose ND like Te'o did,, look at you now,, and look at Manti now.
Goodluck in the pro's.

December 24, 2012  09:57 PM ET

The best coaching staff in the Country is at Notre Dame.
We could not make that claim for some time.
But it is finally true once again.

December 25, 2012  12:56 AM ET

The luckiest coaching staff is more like it. ND's national championship season has been filled with more miracles than the rest of their football legacy in total.

December 25, 2012  09:48 AM ET

I'm a big , big Barkley and USC fan, but really, what's the point of playing against another second rate southeast team, with nothing at stake, but your whole career ahead of you?

C'mon Matt, you came back to help LAME Kiffen save his job and you did as much as you could, but he did nothing to help you win the Heisman or at least the PAC 12 title. You have everything to lose and you and the team have absolutely nothing to win. What are they gonna do, give you a free Sonata if you do well. Yea right!!!!!!

December 25, 2012  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The luckiest coaching staff is more like it. ND's national championship season has been filled with more miracles than the rest of their football legacy in total.

Damn! I'll take that luck every year!

December 25, 2012  01:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Damn! I'll take that luck every year!

I would too, except for being totally humiliated when you play a good team in a bowl.

Notre Dame is going to play the team that matches up with a top ranked team. That's when you find out your run of good luck brought you to a very dark place. Although maybe Bama's plane will crash on the way to the game.

Luck of the Irish.

 
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