Christmas just came early! Barkley stays at USC! National Champs 2013.
And for nearly seven months that was exactly where USC was: National Champs to be, with presumptive Heisman Winner Matt Barkley strutting about like the team was ready to accept the trophies at any point.
No one said anything about the horrendus lack of depth the team had – particularly on the lines on either side of the ball. Last season there was little doubt that USC was the 2nd or perhaps even best team in the Pac-12. Due to sanctions placed upon the team because of things that happened years ago, the team was unable to compete for the national championship or participate in any Bowls. Now, those sanctions have come back again – the lack of scholarships has finally caught up with USC.
The offensive line was so bad they could not have blocked Miley Cyrus.
Now, USC has to go through the rest of the year and win everything to get into the Rose Bowl.
Matt Barkley meanwhile, joins the long list of quarterbacks who came back for their senior season and failed…epically. In fact: has it ever worked out for anyone? Going all the way back, this is a semi-complete list:
Peyton Manning – lost to Florida, did not win the National Title and lost the Heisman to the only defensive player to ever win the Award (Charles Woodson).
Sam Bradford – Injured his shoulder immediately, but was still the number one pick.
Matt Leinart – Beaten and humiliated on national television by Vince “no longer in the league” Young. Teammate Reggie Bush had to give back his Heisman for seemingly no reason.
Andrew Luck – The greatest QB prospect in years should have won the Heisman and the National Championship but came away with neither. RGIII got the Heisman and Nick Saban stole another title.
Long story short: if you are going to be a top pick in the NFL do not bother coming back for your senior season. Now, how can I pin this latest USC failure on Vince Young?