Steve Bisheff laments that the lasting image we will get of one of the most endearing student-athletes in USC history will be televised shots of Matt Barkley standing on the sideline.
The USC Trojans can unwrap these presents in Sun Bowl and beyond.
Two of the L.A. areas most successful high school football programs will meet Saturday for the SIF Southern Section championship.
For a team that was growing tired of hearing questions about what was wrong with its offense, Saturday's lopsided win was the perfect tonic.
On a record-setting afternoon, the USC Trojans finally put together the kind of overall game they needed to build momentum for the stretch run.
Matt Barkley can make a big impression in the Heisman race with a big outing in the Big Apple.
It's inevitable that USC commits will be compared to their predecessors. Some, such as Matt Kalil, live up to expectations.
USC was the toast of Los Angeles for most of the Pete Carroll era. Thanks to a talented group in 2012, that hype is starting to build again.
USC might be on the West Coast, but its style has held up well, both in the trenches and on the scoreboard, against the SEC.
Max Wittek ably followed Matt Barkley's footsteps at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei High School. He hopes to position himself this spring to do it again at USC.
Steve Bisheff selects the best of the best from his 50 seasons of covering USC football.
Steve Bisheff lauds former USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow for getting his first head-coaching job.
Steve Bisheff salutes Matt Barkley for eschewing the material trappings of the NFL and sticking with his love for his school and teammates.
Steve Bisheff thinks that the NFL draft could see a reunion between Matt Barkley and Pete Carroll.
Since he wasn't invited to New York, Matt Barkley has no chance at the Heisman Trophy this year. But there have been some great Trojans who never hoisted the Heisman.
No matter what direction he goes in with his NFL decision, Matt Barkley deserves respect and praise from USC fans for what he has done.