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Matt Barkley will not play in Sun Bowl

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02:37 PM ET 12.27 | It's official. Matt Barkley's playing days as quarterback of the USC Trojans have come to an end. The senior signal-caller's status for the Sun Bowl was in question after a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the team's season finale. Now, there are no more questions as to whether or not Barkley will be available for the game. USC head coach Lane Kiffin made it official today that Barkley has been ruled out for the bowl game. Barkley originally injured his shoulder on Nov. 17 during the Trojans' loss to UCLA. In his absence, Max Wittek will get the start against Georgia Tech on Dec. 31.

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December 27, 2012  10:09 PM ET

Might as well start Wittek. He will get a lot more benefit from playing the bowl game than Barkley would.

December 27, 2012  10:59 PM ET

Sorry to hear that he won't be playing. I think he will do well in the NFL, though.

December 27, 2012  11:27 PM ET

Thanks for 4 years Matt, and for sticking with the program even though you could have gone for greener pastures. Good luck on Sundays!!!

December 28, 2012  01:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Thanks for 4 years Matt, and for sticking with the program even though you could have gone for greener pastures. Good luck on Sundays!!!

Agreed Ice. He has been a class act and I hope he does well at the next level...!

December 28, 2012  03:14 AM ET

Geeze, now the Sun Bowl just got really interesting... not.

UCLA got totally smoked in the Holiday Bowl tonite, so I guess Santa didn't forget about me afterall. 1 down, 2 to go.

Watching the Bruins wallow around tonite and return to the embarrassment that is Bruin Football, really made me realize what a lost season this was for the Trojans. It seems like it all went down the tubes when they took Stanford for granted on the hallowed grounds of the Farm in late September. They just quit. They could easily have found themselves in the same position as Notre Dame this season, whizzing by a bunch of lower mid-level teams and coasting to an undefeated season. They just weren't motivated on defense, and really, Barkley cost them the UCLA game with his recurring interceptions throughout the first half. What a way to end your college career. I guess the Jets will finally get a superbowl championship with Barkley at the helm.

December 28, 2012  06:52 AM ET
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Barkley cost them the UCLA game with his recurring interceptions throughout the first half. What a way to end your college career.

You talk as if this were unexpected--Barkley was among the national leaders in interceptions this year.

December 28, 2012  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Agreed Ice. He has been a class act and I hope he does well at the next level...!

+1. Here's to he gets well and he has a solid pro career.

December 28, 2012  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Geeze, now the Sun Bowl just got really interesting... not.UCLA got totally smoked in the Holiday Bowl tonite, so I guess Santa didn't forget about me afterall. 1 down, 2 to go.Watching the Bruins wallow around tonite and return to the embarrassment that is Bruin Football, really made me realize what a lost season this was for the Trojans. It seems like it all went down the tubes when they took Stanford for granted on the hallowed grounds of the Farm in late September. They just quit. They could easily have found themselves in the same position as Notre Dame this season, whizzing by a bunch of lower mid-level teams and coasting to an undefeated season. They just weren't motivated on defense, and really, Barkley cost them the UCLA game with his recurring interceptions throughout the first half. What a way to end your college career. I guess the Jets will finally get a superbowl championship with Barkley at the helm.

Is this part of a scorched earth policy?

December 28, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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Is this part of a scorched earth policy?

Nah...it's usual "sling <hit and see where it sticks" trolling policy

December 28, 2012  09:48 AM ET

He should have left for the NFL last year. Now he is screwed and lost millions because of not leaving early.

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December 28, 2012  10:14 AM ET
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He should have left for the NFL last year. Now he is screwed and lost millions because of not leaving early.

He obviously isn't just about money. Go piss up someone else's tree moron.

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December 28, 2012  10:34 PM ET

Good luck matty you gave everyone some good memories

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