March 23, 2012 |
Cody Kessler and Jesse Scroggins saw it unfold live on television. Max Wittek was on a practice field going through an individual workout when he heard the news. It was Dec. 22 and USC quarterback Matt Barkley had just announced that he was forgoing a chance to turn pro and would remain in school through his senior season. While the decision brought wild cheers from USC fans — and a giddy grin from Coach Lane Kiffin — the three young players who would have competed to replace Barkley indulged in a moment of reflection.
October 21, 2011 |
Reporting from South Bend, Ind. -- USC faces Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday. The rivalry has a long history, and the Fighting Irish will be flashing a little something extra this time around – gold-flaked helmets, 80,000 'rally towels,' maybe a twist on the uniform. But, Coach Brian Kelly insists, it's not like they planned anything special. It's only a coincidence, Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly insists. Nothing special. No extra planning was involved.
October 18, 2011 |
Matt Barkley watched from the sideline at the Coliseum last November as Notre Dame ended USC's eight-game winning streak in the series. The Trojans quarterback had suffered an ankle injury the previous week. "I was feeling kind of helpless," Barkley said Tuesday. "It's a terrible feeling. " Barkley is looking forward to Saturday's game at Notre Dame Stadium, where as a freshman he passed for 380 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-27 Trojans victory in 2009. "I just remember it being electric," he said of the environment, adding that it was not as hostile as Oregon's Autzen Stadium or Ohio State's Ohio Stadium.
March 31, 2011 |
After watching from the stands as former teammates auditioned for NFL scouts the day before, USC quarterback Matt Barkley was asked Thursday whether he could envision himself going through a pro day workout on campus next year. "I might be out there in the same position I was [Wednesday]," the junior said. "But I could be out there on the field. " Much of Barkley's draft stock, be it in 2012 or 2013, will be determined by his efficiency. Last season, he passed for 26 touchdowns with 12 interceptions, an improvement over his freshman season, when he passed for 15 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.
March 30, 2011 |
Tyron Smith has simultaneously put on 25 pounds and lightened his load. The USC offensive tackle no longer has to make the weighty decision of where to watch next month's NFL draft. He has accepted the league's offer to await his selection at Radio City Music Hall. Not so long ago, that would have been a controversial choice. The NFL Players Assn. initially encouraged the elite prospects to snub any such offer from the league, reasoning that those players should not support a league that had locked them out. The decertified union promised to plan an "alternative" celebration in New York.
March 16, 2011 |
Former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain , who was arrested last month on suspicion of selling prescription narcotics, will not face misdemeanor charges if he completes a pre-file diversion program, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office said Wednesday. Mustain, 23, must complete a drug-education program, perform 100 hours of community service and not be involved in another instance with police over the course of one year, city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said.