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Chip Kelly threw up when he heard Matt Barkley was returning to USC

Oregon has been the class of the Pac-12 the past three seasons, but two opposing quarterbacks haven’t made their life easy. They had to deal with Andrew Luck for a third year after the Stanford quarterback decided to return to school last season, and they faced the same fate when Matt Barkley elected to return to USC for his senior season. Coach Chip Kelly’s reaction to the news was pretty funny.

“I said this twice, and I’m being totally honest — I did it with Andrew Luck and I did it with Matt Barkley — I threw up,” Kelly told The Dan Patrick Show.

“Somebody’s gotta tell those guys they need to leave after three years.”

Barkley’s return makes USC “the most talented team in the country,” in Kelly’s opinion.

But does that mean USC is the best team?

“Oh I don’t know about that,” says Kelly. “That’s why we play the games.”

Oregon will get a chance to prove they’re better than USC at the Coliseum on November 3. Barkley has improved every season, and he played at an elite level last year throwing 39 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. I don’t think he’ll match his stats this season, but I’m guessing USC will beat Oregon head-to-head. The teams could also meet in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Matt Barkley is confident he would have been drafted ahead of Robert Griffin III

After throwing for 3,528 yards, 39 touchdowns and only seven interceptions last season, USC quarterback Matt Barkley would have been a very high pick in the 2012 draft had he not chosen stay in school for his senior season. If he can duplicate that production again this season, Barkley should be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft. There’s a good chance one of the reasons he chose to return to USC this season is that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were already expected to be the first two quarterbacks selected. While Barkley admits that Luck likely would have been taken ahead of him, he’s not convinced the same can be said of RG3.

“I had confidence that I was going to go high, it wasn’t really a question of that as to why I came back,” Barkley said on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday. “I think it was a sure bet that Andrew was going to go No. 1.”

Patrick then asked Barkley if he thought he would have been the second quarterback selected and he gave the following response.

“I had confidence in that — I think I could have been.”

With the way Washington pursued RG3, it’s probably safe to say they were in love with him long before Barkley even decided to return to USC for his senior season. Barkley almost certainly would have been taken ahead of Ryan Tannehill, which is why the Dolphins were the big losers when he decided not to leave school early.

I’m not knocking Barkley for being confident, but there were some NFL scouts who even liked Griffin more than Luck. Whether he believes he would have been taken ahead of the Baylor star or not, he made the right decision in waiting until 2013 to enter the draft.

H/T Pro Football Talk
Photo credit: Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Matt Barkley’s Girlfriend is Soccer Player Brittany Langdon (Pictures)

When Matt Barkley announced his decision to return to USC for his senior season on Thursday, he thanked his fans and family for helping him with the decision.  He also specifically thanked his girlfriend, so naturally people were left wondering who USC’s star quarterback has been dating.  A friend of LBS asked us if we knew who she was, so we decided to do some digging and here’s what we found.

Barkley’s girlfriend is Seattle Pacific University soccer player Brittany Langdon.  Langdon is from Irvine, Ca and she went to Northwood High School where she was a two-time captain of her team. Like Barkley, she’s also in her junior year of college. From one of the pictures, it looks like she’s done some missionary work with Matt.

USC fans don’t need to know too much about her, but if she had any role in Matt returning to school, they probably love her.

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Matt Barkley Returns to School – USC Fans Elated, Dolphins Fans Disappointed

Matt Barkley surprised many people by announcing Thursday he would return to USC for his senior season. He was considered to be one of the top three quarterback prospects along with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, and it was likely he would be a top 15 pick. Many people can’t understand how he turned down the NFL, but his decision makes sense.

Barkley has been a lifelong USC fan and his dream was to play quarterback for the Trojans. He’ll have a chance to set more school records, play in a bowl game, and win a Heisman Trophy. The Trojans should have another strong season with him back, even if Matt Kalil and Nick Perry are turning pro.

Though Barkley faces certain hazards by returning to school, he also has some potential benefits. Without Andrew Luck (and possibly Robert Griffin III) in the draft, Matt could become the top prospect. Being drafted first overall would give him more money than he would make this year. The downside is the inherent injury risk, and the possibility that his stock falls if he plays poorly.

The big winner here is USC. The Trojans get another season of Barkley, and they have the chance to have a BCS bowl-type season. The real losers are the Dolphins. I’d been hearing for several weeks now about Dolphins fans stoked to get Matt Barkley as their quarterback. If it happens, it might be next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if they traded with the Rams to move up in the draft to get Griffin.

Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian Would Take Matt Barkley Over Andrew Luck

Never in my life can I remember more buzz surrounding a college quarterback than Andrew Luck. That’s not to say it hasn’t happened — I just can’t remember it. When teams lose their first few games of the season and fans are already talking about tanking on purpose, they have to be shockingly excited about the possibility of drafting the consensus No. 1 overall pick.  At least one college coach isn’t buying the hype.

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, who used to coach at USC under Pete Carroll, said on Tuesday that he would take the Trojans Matt Barkley over Luck if he were drafting an NFL quarterback.

“I think Matt Barkley is playing at a high level,” Sarkisian said according to Shutdown Corner. “I said this earlier to the staff and I’ll say it to you guys — if I’m an NFL head coach I’d pick Matt Barkley over Andrew Luck. I think he is playing at that high a level. I think where he fits into the National Football League and his pocket presence and what Lane [Kiffin] is doing with him, the variety of offense that they’re playing with, his ability to make all of the throws, anticipate throws, throwing them on time, throwing them accurately, he’s fantastic to me. And I know him personally, so I have a little better insight of who he is, what we represents. I think he’s fantastic.”

Knowing him personally obviously also creates a bias, but Sarkisian is not the only one who feels that way about Luck.  Barkley has thrown for 28 touchdowns and six interceptions compared to Luck’s 26 scores and five picks, so it is not unreasonable to compare the two.

The world of sports works in mysterious ways.  When enough people buy into one particular player, you start to get the feeling the odds are stacked against that player.  It is going to be extremely difficult for Luck to live up to the hype that is surrounded him.  In order to do so, he will have to rescue the franchise that selects him.  That could be the single most difficult thing to do in the NFL.

Matt Barkley Agrees that Notre Dame Quit, Lane Kiffin Apologizes

USC played one of its best games of the season Saturday, and had arguably its best win under Lane Kiffin. They beat Notre Dame 31-17 in South Bend and nearly doubled the Irish’s offensive output. The game did not lack excitement, and it did not lack postgame controversy.

Trojans linebacker Chris Galippo said after the game that Notre Dame quit. During an appearance on 710 ESPN Monday, quarterback Matt Barkley agreed.

“I would agree with [what Galippo said]. I was shocked that they didn’t use the timeouts because we got on the field with … about seven minutes left, and I thought they were planning on stopping us and saving their timeouts for the end when they had the ball,” Barkley said.

“It seemed from our sideline and our perspective that they did give up. It seemed uncharacteristic of Notre Dame. I wouldn’t have wanted to have been on that sideline.”

Notre Dame turned the ball over to USC with just under seven minutes left. They were down 31-17 and had all three timeouts, but they chose not to use any. It’s hard to disagree with Galippo and Barkley’s opinions.

Naturally, USC is playing the PR game in response. Galippo’s Twitter account issued an apology for saying Notre Dame quit. Lane Kiffin reportedly called Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly to apologize for what his players said.

We get what USC is doing, and it fits in with the clean program perception athletic director Pat Haden desires. It’s also wise of the coaches and players to avoid rubbing in a loss when it comes to long-term rivalries. However, if you think Lane Kiffin isn’t privately celebrating the team’s victory, you’re crazy. This was a huge win for the program and he knows it. The apology also doesn’t suddenly make Kiffin a saint, either.

Vontaze Burfict Gets Best of Matt Barkley

Matt Barkley called Vontaze Burfict a “dirty player” last week, prior to Saturday’s game between USC and Arizona State. The Sun Devils won the game 43-22 in Tempe and Bufict exact his revenge on his former high school opponent.

The Arizona State linebacker stepped in front of a slant route to intercept one of Barkley’s passes in the second quarter. Arizona State turned the interception into a touchdown, increasing their lead to 21-6. It was especially important because USC was driving and had a chance to tie the game. The Trojans ended up taking the lead in the third quarter, but two straight lost fumbles in Arizona State territory killed their chances of winning the game.

Barkley may be right that Burfict is a dirty player — he did get flagged for a personal foul in the game — but the interception was a clean play. And it gives me an excuse to post that picture, which is easily the best image of the weekend.