Make no mistake about the fact that Matt Barkley had a fantastic career as a starting quarterback for the USC Trojans. No, he did not win a BCS Championship or a Heisman Trophy award. He will not go out as the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. He did not leave the program any better than it was before he arrived. But it was a hell of a ride.
Unfortunately, for Barkley, it was just one that should have ended a year earlier.